Aspirin Use Assessment

This module is provided by the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, which is part of the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC). SPRC investigates prevention strategies and is home to the Health Improvement Program. The goal of this module to help you understand whether taking aspirin as a heart disease and stroke prevention measure may be appropriate for you to discuss with your physician.

By interfering with blood clotting, aspirin has the potential to help prevent heart attacks in men and strokes in women. However, aspirin also can cause bleeding in the digestive tract and, rarely, bleeding in the brain. Hence, aspirin should only be used by individuals who have a high enough risk of heart attack and stroke that the preventive benefits outweigh the risk of abnormal bleeding.

The aspirin survey module asks a series of questions about aspirin use, your risk factors for heart attack and stroke, and your feedback about the module. The survey module takes a couple of minutes and may provide you with vital information about managing your risk of heart attack and stroke.

Based on your responses, the survey module will provide tailored advice regarding appropriate aspirin use. Note that this survey module is not a substitute for a detailed conversation with your own physician (or other health care provider). Please use the information to inform and guide your future discussions with your provider.

This survey module has been developed by Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, of the Stanford Prevention Research Center based on current recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the American College of Preventive Medicine with funding from the non-profit Partnership for Prevention.

Completing this survey module is completely confidential and optional. You may quit at any time.