Should We All Take Aspirin to Prevent Heart Disease?

NutritionFacts .org
NutritionFacts .org
02 Mar 2020

The benefits of taking a daily aspirin must be weighed against the risk of internal bleeding.

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More on preventing, arresting, and reversing heart disease in:
• Heart Disease Starts in Childhood (
• Lifestyle Medicine: Treating the Causes of Disease (
• The Actual Benefit of Diet vs. Drugs (
• Optimal Cholesterol Level (
• Physicians May Be Missing Their Most Important Tool (
• Oxygenating Blood with Nitrate Rich Vegetables (
• Is Fish Oil Just Snake Oil? (
• Does Cholesterol Size Matter? (
• When Low Risk Means High Risk (
• Low Carb Diets and Coronary Blood Flow (
• Fully Consensual Heart Disease Treatment (

This is the first of three videos on the risks versus benefits of taking aspirin. Preventing heart disease and stroke is not the only benefit, though. A daily aspirin may also decrease the risk of certain cancers. In that case should we take an aspirin a day after all? See my next video Should We All Take Aspirin to Prevent Cancer? ( and then I end with Plants with Aspirin Aspirations (

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