“An aspirin a day keeps the doctor away.” Sound familiar? You may have heard or read about taking a daily baby aspirin (or 81 mg of acetylsalicylic acid) for heart health - to prevent heart attacks or strokes.
While there is evidence that a daily baby aspirin for some people, particularly those who have already had a major event such as a heart attack or stroke, is beneficial for preventing a second such event from occuring, the evidence is not so clear for those individuals who have never had such an event.
The Canadian Cardiovascular Society recommends that if you have no heart disease, do not take a daily baby aspirin. If you do have a ‘high vascular risk’, for example if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or others, your healthcare professional is the best person to consult about whether you should take a daily baby aspirin - it’s all individual!
This is what Canada's southern most national park looks like right now - yes, winter is everywhere ❄