Aspirin: Take With Caution (Heart Health)
This well known “wonder drug” can help lower risk of a heart attack or stroke for those who have already had one. It can also help to keep arteries open in those who have had a previous heart bypass or other artery-opening procedure, such as angioplasty. Aspirin also is given to people who arrive at a hospital emergency department with a suspected heart attack or stroke.
But aspirin is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of heart attacks in people who have never had a heart or stroke. Aspirin can cause serious side effects and may mix dangerously with other medicines. If you are thinking about using aspirin for heart problems, talk with your doctor first. If your doctor believes that aspirin is a good choice for you, be sure to take the recommended dose.