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Discuss Daily Aspirin Use
US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation

Advise men 40+, postmenopausal women, and others at high risk for heart disease on the benefits/harms of aspirin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events.

USPSTF Rating: "A" Recommendation


FACTS:


 
  • Although aspirin is cheap and accessible, very few adults are likely using aspirin consistently and need guidance from a healthcare provider to start and maintain an aspirin regimen.
     
     
  • Physicians advising all high-risk adults to consider taking aspirin would save 80,000 lives annually and result in a net medical cost savings of $70 per person advised.1
     
     

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