March 11, 2016

ASK ABOUT ASPIRIN: A Case Study on the Minnesota Heart Health Program’s Aspirin-Based Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Initiative

Aspirin is a remarkable drug. Each year, researchers publish hundreds of new scientific studies about aspirin and its benefits. Derived from the bark of the willow tree, it has long been known to fight pain and reduce fevers.

Although very inexpensive, aspirin can also prevent heart attacks, strokes, and certain kinds of cancer. While not everybody should take aspirin, this effective drug is known to be under-used in people who would benefit from it.

To this end, Altarum and its Council on Aspirin for Health and Prevention urge federal, state and local health leaders to provide consumers and health care professionals with science-based information to improve the appropriate use of aspirin to promote good health.