New recommendations support taking a daily aspirin. The U.S. Preventive services task force says the benefits of aspirin on the heart outweigh its possible side effect of bleeding in the digestive tract for certain people.
The panel says there's good evidence aspirin helps men and women in different ways. They say it prevents heart attacks in men between forty-five and seventy-nine at risk of heart disease, but not strokes.
For women fifty-five to seventy-nine at risk, it prevents strokes, but not heart attacks. The recommendations appear in the journal "annals of internal medicine."