Benefits of taking aspirin and the main reasons people take it

(BPT) - There is no more familiar item in your medicine cabinet than a bottle of aspirin. Aspirin has been sold for over a century as an over-the-counter medication and millions of people take it. Aspirin is used to help treat pain associated with headaches and arthritis, and for fever reduction.

People also take low-dose aspirin daily as part of their doctor-recommended plan following a heart attack or clot-related stroke for secondary prevention to prevent another heart attack or clot-related stroke. There are about 40 million vascular patients who may be on an aspirin therapy plan as advised by their doctor.

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