Aspirin, also referred to as acetylsalicylic acid or ASA, belongs to the class of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
It can reduce inflammation-related swelling and pain, such as after an injury, infection, or immune response. Additionally, it helps reduce fevers
Aspirin relieves headaches, menstrual pain, arthritis, dental pain, and muscle soreness. Aspirin prevents heart attacks in people with a history of chest pain.
If you have a history of cardiac disease, taking an aspirin daily may reduce your risk of heart attack and embolic stroke.
However, it also has the potential to raise the danger of gastrointestinal bleeding and hemorrhagic stroke.
Adults over 70 who haven't had a heart attack shouldn't take aspirin, especially if they have a bleeding risk.
But, half of U.S. seniors without heart disease take aspirin daily. Usually, for heart attack or stroke prevention, 81 mg of aspirin daily is recommended.
Talk to your doctor about your risk factors for cardiovascular disease, stroke, and bleeding disorders before beginning or changing your daily aspirin regimen.
In order to prevent excessive bleeding, patients taking daily aspirin should inform their doctors and dentists before undergoing any invasive procedures.