I Have Been Told That Aspirin Protects Against Stroke But Not Heart Attacks In Women. Is This True?

Question: I have been told that aspirin protects against stroke but not heart attacks in women. Is this true?

Answer: It turns out that aspirin does protect women against stroke and heart attacks. It's just that from the data that we have right now, it suggests that it will start protecting women as early as the age of 50 and above for stroke, and women at the age of 65 or above for heart attack.

This of course applies to women that have not had prior heart attacks or strokes. For women who have had prior heart attacks or strokes, they are always protected by taking that low dose aspirin everyday. So they need to take that and not be confused by some of these mixed messages.

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