HOW MUCH ASPIRIN
ANCHOR LEAD: THE BEST DOSE OF ASPIRIN TO PREVENT HEART DISEASE HAS BEEN DETERMINED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Aspirin is known to help the heart, but how much should people be taking? Rick Lange, chief of clinical cardiology at Johns Hopkins, reveals the latest data.
LANGE: What this recent analysis of all the studies of all the aspirin doses that have been given indicates is that the baby aspirin, 81 milligrams, is probably the best dose for preventing cardiovascular disease. :12
A daily baby aspirin looks to be the least risky.
LANGE: The individuals with that lower dose have a lower risk of having heart disease and stroke, and more importantly have a lower risk of complications. The major complication with aspirin is actually gastrointestinal bleeding, and that’s related specifically to the dose of aspirin one gets, so the more aspirin you take the more likely you are to develop gastrointestinal bleeding and ulcers. :18
As with all medications, even those available over the counter, talk with your doctor before beginning to take aspirin daily. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.