Aspirin Therapy: Women can Benefit, too

Spring 2006 CSANews Issue 58  |  Posted date : May 27, 2007.Back to list

Women can reduce the risk of stroke by taking low-dose aspirin. This information comes from the Women`s Health Study, which recently concluded that women taking aspirin for a period of 10 years had a 17% lower risk of stroke, and a 24% lower risk of stroke caused by blood clots. While the risk of stroke was significantly reduced for middle-aged women, the study found that women aged 65 and older taking the lowdose aspirin were 30% less likely to have a stroke caused by blood clots, and 34% less likely to suffer a heart attack.

The findings of this study are significant. Previously, aspirin had only been linked to reducing heart attacks in men. Since women suffer from strokes more frequently than men, aspirin will no doubt evolve into a regular prevention treatment for women (especially those over 65 years of age, for whom the benefits are even more considerable).

Regular aspirin treatment can sometimes cause stomach or intestinal bleeding. However, the director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in the U.S. believes that aspirin therapy is quite manageable. We recommend that you consult your doctor before embarking on an aspirin regimen.

Believe it or not, more women than men are suffering from heart problems. According to the World Health Organization, 8.1 million women will succumb to heart problems this year (in comparison to 7.9 million men).

There are several reasons for the increase in heart disease among women:

  • After menopause, estrogen (a protective hormone) decreases, thereby making women more susceptible to heart-related problems
  • Women do not always receive comparable medical treatment for heart-related problems
  • Many women still believe that heart disease is a male issue