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Talk With Your Doctor About Taking Aspirin Everyday

Photo of someone taking two aspirin out of a medicine bottle

The Basics

Taking aspirin every day can lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. Ask your doctor about taking aspirin if you:
  • Are a man over 40
  • Are a woman past menopause
  • Smoke
  • Have high blood pressure, diabetes, or high blood cholesterol
  • Have a family history of heart disease

For most people, aspirin is safe. But it’s not right for everyone. That is why it’s important to talk to your doctor before you start taking aspirin every day.

The Benefits

Aspirin can improve the flow of blood to the heart and brain. This reduces your risk of heart attack or stroke. If you have already had a heart attack or stroke, aspirin can lower your risk of having a second one. It can also help keep your arteries open if you have had a heart bypass or angioplasty.

Talk to your doctor before you start taking aspirin. If your doctor thinks aspirin is right for you, be sure to take the right amount.

Take Action!

Your doctor can help you decide if aspirin is the right choice for you. Talk to your doctor about:
  • Your risk of heart attack
  • What kind of aspirin to take
  • How much to take
  • How often to take it

Be sure to tell your doctor about all the other medicines that you take, including vitamins. Aspirin can cause serious side effects and mix dangerously with other medicines.

Make it Easy to Remember
Take aspirin at the same time every day. This will help you remember. Try taking it when you brush your teeth in the morning or with your breakfast. Put a reminder note on your bathroom mirror where you will see it each day.

Help Your Heart
Aspirin cannot take the place of a healthy diet, exercise, and other recommendations from your doctor. Taking aspirin is just one part of your healthy heart routine. Learn more about heart disease.

Learn how aspirin can help protect you from heart disease.

What do you want to do today?

  • Call your doctor or health center. Make an appointment to talk about lowering your risk of heart attack.
  • Write a list of questions to ask your doctor. What kind of aspirin should you take? How much should you take? Should you take it every day?
  • If you already take aspirin, make it easy to remember. Put a note on your bathroom mirror where you will see it each day.
  • National Health Information Center

    P.O. Box 1133, Washington, DC 20013-1133