Aspirin recommended for all women over 65

February 26, 2007

According to a guideline update from the American Heart Association, low-dose daily aspirin is now recommended for all women over age 65, despite their cardiovascular risk. In addition, the revision, entitled 2007 Guidelines for Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Women, now suggests that women at risk for cardiovascular events should also be considered for daily aspirin therapy despite their age. In fact, 325 mg of aspirin is now suggested for high-risk women of all ages, up from 162 mg daily in previous guidelines. Other updates made by the AHA include lifestyle changes, nutrition, smoking cessation, omega-3 fatty acid intake, and hypertension and cholesterol control. The update is based on new research results, including findings from The Women's Health Study (2005).

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