Although one should always consult their physician when embarking on a new health regimen, a new study of over 15,000 individuals has found benefits for the heart for those who took one aspirin a day. They followed the individuals for over two years and the benefits did not seem to be affected whether they took a low-dose aspirin or a regular aspirin. There was little statistical difference whether one took a 325 mg dose or an 81 mg dose daily.
It is important to note that a small percentage of people should not take an aspirin daily as it could land them in the hospital for internal bleeding, which is why it is important to consult a physician prior to starting on such a program. As explained by the Mayo Clinic, “
Aspirin interferes with your blood’s clotting action. When you bleed, your blood’s clotting cells, called platelets, build up at the site of your wound. The platelets help form a plug that seals the opening in your blood vessel to stop bleeding.
But this clotting can also happen within the vessels that supply your heart with blood. If your blood vessels are already narrowed from atherosclerosis — the buildup of fatty deposits in your arteries — a fatty deposit in your vessel lining can burst.
Then, a blood clot can quickly form and block the artery. This prevents blood flow to the heart and causes a heart attack. Aspirin therapy reduces the clumping action of platelets — possibly preventing a heart attack.”