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Saturday, December 7, 2013
Is aspirin recommended ?
I am a 57-year-old overweight male who has never had a stroke or heart attack, but there is a history of both in my family. Is a low dose of aspirin ever recommended as a preventitive for individuals who have not already had a stroke or heart attack or just for those who have actually experienced them?
Generally, I would recommend that someone who is your age, with your risk factor profile and family history, take an enteric coated aspirin daily unless there was some medical reason why you should not (due to other medical problems, including ulcers or GI bleeding, allergy to aspirin, etc.). I would recommend that you speak with your physician, who knows your entire medical history about this matter.
Brett Kissela, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Neurology Residency Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati