Women and Heart Health

What are your thoughts with regards to taking a baby aspirin? If recommended how often and for what reason?

The answer to this depends on your individual situation. Everyone who has had a heart attack or stroke should take low-dose (baby) Aspirin for life because it can reduce the risk of deadly recurrence by up to 25 per cent. But in regards to women and heart health, those who have no history of cardiovascular disease should not routinely take Aspirin as a preventive tool because there is no evidence the benefits of doing so outweigh the risks.

Many doctors routinely tell their patients to start taking a baby Aspirin daily at age 50 to avoid heart problems. It is also a common recommendation for post-menopausal women and diabetics. However, according to the most recent guidelines by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society there is no good evidence that this is beneficial. And there is clear evidence that regular use of aspirin can cause serious stomach problems such as bleeding.

Also, if you do take Aspirin, avoid taking other analgesics or anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen, because they interfere with Aspirin’s ability to prevent clotting.

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About Sherry Torkos

Sherry Torkos is a pharmacist, author, certified fitness instructor, and health enthusiast who enjoys sharing her passion with others. Sherry graduated with honors from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1992. Since that time she has been practicing holistic pharmacy in the Niagara area. Her philosophy of practice is to integrate conventional and complementary therapies to optimize health and prevent disease. Sherry has won several national pharmacy awards for providing excellence in patient care. As a leading health expert, Sherry has delivered hundreds of lectures to medical professionals and the public. She is frequently interviewed on radio and TV talk shows throughout North America and abroad. Sherry has authored fourteen books & booklets, including The Glycemic Index Made Simple and Breaking the Age Barrier. Her most recent book, The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine has become a national best-seller. For more information, visit: www.sherrytorkos.com

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