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An Aspirin a Day for Heart Health? It May Depend on Your Weight

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A common prescription for heart disease prevention is baby aspirin. According to a study in The Lancet, data from 10 randomized trials determined that the size of the dose and the weight of the patient significantly influences the clinical outcome. For people who weighed less than 154 pounds, the daily aspirin dose of 75 to 100 milligrams helped to lower the risk of cardiovascular events. Unfortunately, for those who weighed more than 154 pounds, low-dose aspirin increased the risk for a fatal cardiovascular event. Only higher dosages of 325 to 500 milligrams per day help individuals who weighed more than 154 pounds to lower their cardiovascular risk. Read more at the New York Times article.