Gender Matters

By: Nichole Vrsansky
By: Nichole Vrsansky

What kind of heart problems does Aspirin prevent? Well, are you a male or female?

According to a new study, Aspirin has different affects on heart health for men versus women. Researchers say taking aspiring for women prevents stroke, but will not help prevent heart attack. The opposite is true for men. Aspirin treatment was associated with 24-percent reduction in stroke for women and a 32-percent reduction in heart attacks for men.

"Aspirin prevents blood in the body from clotting and because stroke and heart attack are both caused by the formation of blood clots in the body, anything that prevents blood clotting from forming would have a beneficial affect from those diseases,” says Dr. David Brown of Stony Brook University Hospital.

Researchers are not sure why there is a difference in males versus females. But they also say these results were regardless of what doses of Aspirin people took. It may make sense, they say, to take the lowest dose - 81 milligrams - to reduce the risk of bleeding associated with Aspirin.

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