Has it been medically proven that 80mg of asa (aspirin) daily helps the heart?

Yes. The landmark physicians health study was stopped early because men aged 50 or older had a 30% reduction in heart attacks compared to matched placebo treated controls. The nurses health initiative had similar results in women over 60. The study has been repeated in the uk with similar results. The benefit is even easier to demonstrate in people with established coronary heart disease.

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Does a daily aspirin work to prevent heart attacks?

Yes. Studies have show that it helps just as does brushing and flossing teeth every night before bed! Read more...
Yes, but at a price. Daily Aspirin clearly reduces the risk of both heart attack and stroke, but also makes you more likely to bleed. If you have coronary disease, you are better taking it. If you are at low risk of heart attack, the benefits may not outweigh the risks. If you don't have known coronary disease but have risk factors, it is a toss-up. Read more...

If I take a low dose of aspirin daily. What does the aspirin do to help with heart health?

Platelet function. Reduce platelet aggregation by non selectively and irreversibly inhibiting cyclooxygenase. An enzyme responsible for the formation of prostanoids: prostaglandins, prostacyclin and thromboxanes. Due to above effects you will have the 4 main functions of asa which are anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, pain, decreasing platelet aggregation and the formation of atheromatous plague at coronaries. Read more...

Should older persons without heart problems take an aspirin daily to prevent a heart attack?

Maybe. While in previous years Aspirin was recommended for most men and women over age 55, this question has recently been reexamined with now much different recommendations. For men the current recommendation is for 81mg of Aspirin only in men with known coronary artery disease to prevent heart attacks. For women the recommendation is 81 mg only for women over age 65 to prevent strokes. Read more...

Is is safe for everybody in the country to take a baby aspirin daily to help prevent a heart attack?

No. Every study that has examined this question has shown that among large populations exposed to small doses of aspirin, there is an increase in peptic ulceration, abnormal bleeding, and intracranial hemorrhage when compared to matched controls who received no aspirin. Only those at risk of heart attacks or clotting type strokes should take it. (men>50, women >60 if there's no contraindication). Read more...
NO. Routine use of any medication to the population at large can create newer problems that we are not anticipating before. Low dose Aspirin can prevent platelet aggregation and decrease the incidence of coronary thrombosis in high risk patients.People with diabetes mellitus, obesity , family history of heart disease or previous myocardial infarction are the prime people to benefit from Aspirin therapy. Read more...