Low doses of aspirin recommended for women to avoid stroke

Experts have recommended that women aged between 55 and 79 should consider taking a dose of aspirin every day to lower their risk of having a stroke.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) - a panel of experts that reviews evidence and makes preventative health recommendations - said that their guidelines reflect evidence revealing that the cardiovascular benefits of aspirin vary by gender.

It has been found that aspirin can cut women's risk for ischemic stroke, which is caused by blood clots, but not heart attacks. In men, it reduces the risk of heart attacks but not strokes.

The panel found benefits arising from doses of aspirin ranging from 75mg a day to 325mg every other day. Noting that the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding increases with higher doses, the experts stated that 75mg “seems as effective as higher doses”.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801830708-ADNFCR