Aspirin is a common generic medication. While it is potent in reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke in those who have already had such events, it can also provide some benefit to those who want to prevent a first heart attack or stroke. However, even a daily baby 81-mg dose of aspirin can cause bleeding.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a draft recommendation updating its previous guidance from 2016, based on new evidence. The suggestion is that those who are between the ages of 40-59 and are at risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease should have a conversation with their physician about whether or not they should be on aspirin, due to the risks of bleeding.