Can taking an aspirin a day reduce the risk of heart disease but increase the risk of other disorders?

Noooo. Asa is very benign drug. I take it myself and many other mds I know do too. Unless you have bleeding or stomach problems.
Yes, indeedy. Aspirin prolongs bleeding time by impairing platelet aggregation. As such, it reduces the risk of heart attack and clot-type stroke but increases the risk of bleeding elsewhere. Since it also is irritating to the lining of the stomach, gastrointestinal bleeding is a risk. Finally, many studies have shown a small but real risk of hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke especially in hypertensives and women.

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If I am at risk of ischaemic heart disease, can I take aspirin 100mg/day?

Definietly. 81mg is the normal dose. If you know you're at risk, you should probably talk to your doctor to see how best to define that. You may have some other options.

Could people without heart disease benefit from taking a baby aspirin every day?

Yes. A daily baby Aspirin can reduce the risk of heart attack in men and woman even with no history of heart disese.
Yes. There are studies that have shown benefits of Aspirin beyond heart disease like decrease in colon cancer risk, and stroke. Of course there are also potential serious side effects you have to worry about. Before you start taking Aspirin you need to consult with your doctor to make sure it does not interfere with any other medications you may be taking as well monitor you for any potential problems.

Card put me on a daily 81mg aspirin 1 a day as far as I know I do not have heart disease did stress test and he said I am fine. Is this just a preven?

Prevention. Hi. You must have some risk we are not aware of (e.g., family history?). Your only stated cardiac risk factor is high blood pressure. A woman at age 41 does not have an a priori increased risk for cardiac disease. However, aspirin 81 mg/d has essentially no risk (statisticians will disagree). Your naproxen is a higher risk (gut and heart). A strong case cannot be made in either direction. Good luk.
Ask your doctor. If a patient does not understand why he/she is taking certain medications their doctor will always be happy to explain to them why the medication was prescribed.

When to start taking aspirin in small doses to prevent heart disease?

It depends. According to the us preventive services task force, women age 55-79 at high risk for a stroke and low risk for a bleeding problem, and men age 45-79 at high risk for a heart attack but low risk for a bleeding problem, have been shown to possibly benefit from taking a daily aspirin. A good source for proven preventive tips is the iphone app called my health checklist 2012.

Diclofenac has serious heart disease problems with prolonged usage. How does aspirin compare?

Aspirin OK. Aspirin is unique among antiinflammatory meds in that it seems to prevent more than cause heart disease. It is not a very good pain medicine and should not be used in medium-high doses for this. It is not a danger to the heart.

Is aspirin really the only thing we have to prevent strokes and heart disease?

Not the ONLY. There are many ways to prevent strokes such as weight loss, blood pressure management, correct diet, limit stressful lifestyle, exercise, no smoking, and regular physical examinations by your family md. Regular blood work and evaluation are some of your best tools.
No. For general prevention, it may be more important to modify cholesterol and blood pressure, primarily with proper diet and exercise, than to take aspirin.