Postmenopausal Women with Heart Disease Should Take Aspirin
Postmenopausal Women's Health
Aspirin can significantly reduce death rates for postmenopausal women with heart disease, according to a new analysis by Duke University Medical Center cardiologists. Furthermore, the researchers found the same beneficial effect for low-dose aspirin (81 mg a day) as for higher dose aspirin (325 mg).
These findings are important because they provide a scientific basis for recommending that more postmenopausal women should take aspirin, the researchers said. In their analysis of 8,928 women, the researchers found that fewer than half were taking any aspirin at all.
"The fact that more women are not taking aspirin is very discouraging," said Duke cardiology fellow Jeffrey Berger, M.D., who presented the results of his analysis on Nov. 14, 2005, at the annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association in Dallas. "Aspirin is a drug that has been used for many years