• By Dana Sparks

Housecall: Understand the benefits and risks of daily aspirin therapy

February 10, 2020
several aspirin tablets spilled on a white surface - pain medicine

THIS WEEK'S TOP TOPICS
Daily aspirin therapy: Understand the benefits and risks
Although taking aspirin every day may lower your risk for a heart attack, the medication isn't safe for everyone. Find answers to some common questions.

Flu mask: Should I wear one?
Wearing a mask to prevent the flu may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but it can be an effective way to protect yourself from getting the flu this year.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Does drinking water cause hydrated skin?
Are you looking for that dewy glow? See what the research says about drinking enough water and dry skin.

Omega-6 fatty acids: Can they cause heart disease?
When eaten in moderation and in place of saturated fats, omega-6 fatty acids can actually be good for your heart.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Chronic pain: Medication decisions
Antibiotics: Are you misusing them?
Spinal injury: First aid
Metabolism and weight loss: How you burn calories

HEALTHY RECIPES
Lasagna
Southwestern potato skins
Sloppy Joes

Cream of chicken and wild rice chowder

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Broken heart: Can grief damage your heart?
Your grandfather passes away and your grandmother begins complaining of chest pain. Is there a connection? Some people, especially women age 50 and older, may sustain heart injury after an intense physical or emotional event, such as after hearing bad news. It's known as broken heart syndrome. While people who have broken heart syndrome usually recover, play it safe. If a loved one complains of chest pain after a traumatic event, have him or her seek emergency medical care right away.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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