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Benefits of Aspirin Different for Women than for Men

separator It’s been accepted knowledge for a long time that a daily dose of aspirin can reduce the risk of heart attack. But studies about this have been done primarily on men. Recently, a report from the Women’s Health Study revealed that aspirin was not especially effective in preventing first heart attacks or death from cardiovascular disease in women. But aspirin was effective in reducing the risk of stroke in women. 

Women should talk with their doctors about the risks of taking aspirin versus the benefits to determine whether it’s a good idea to start an aspirin regimen. 

The Women’s Health Study took place over 10 years and looked at 40,000 healthy women ages 45 and older. It was supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Cancer Institute.

The New England Journal of Medicine online, 7 March 2005
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