For decades, physicians advised us all to take baby aspirin as part of a daily regimen to prevent cardiovascular disease. If you're over 40, don't be surprised if you don't get that recommendation anymore. And if you're over 60, your doctor will now probably caution you against initiating low-dose aspirin use.

Back in 2016, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended adults 50 to 59 years of age with a 10 percent or greater 10-year CVD risk start taking low-dose aspirin for primary prevention of CVD, and that people 60 to 69 years old with commensurate risk factors make an individual decision about initiating low-dose aspirin.

The USPSTF released a draft recommendation statement in October 2021 regarding the use of aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD)—the leading cause of death in the U.S.—that contradicted current thinking. The official recommendation of that draft report was that adults 40 to 59 years of age with a 10 percent or greater