DEAR DOCTOR K: Heart disease runs in my family, and my doctor thinks I should take low-dose aspirin even though I don't have heart disease now. What do you think?
DEAR READER: Your question seems simple enough, and I wish I had a simple answer. The problem is that aspirin, like virtually all medical treatments, has benefits and risks, and they are different for one person than for another. The main risk of aspirin is bleeding. For some people, the decision to take aspirin is easy.