Should You Be Taking an Aspirin?

  1. Lots of us are sitting around too much, so before you think about taking medication to lower risks of deep vein blood clots you should make a plan to move more, it’s really the first line strategy for many conditions, remember we should do this on long car trips and plane rides as well.
  2. Not crossing your legs for long periods is also a good strategy.
  3. Reporting any lower leg pains and or swelling so that you can get evaluated.
  4. But assuming that you are trying to do those simple things, then the issue of who can benefit from taking daily aspirins will come up.
  5. First question is not should you be taking aspirin, but are you at low risk or high risk for heart disease.
  6. Daily low dose aspirin use can prevent cardiovascular disease, but it is only one of many strategies
  7. Daily low dose aspirin use can not improve the heart health of someone who is already at very low risk for heart disease.
  8. So like other preventable strategies, you need to talk to your health care provider first, before making a big decision like this!
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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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