Study: Aspirin doesn't ward off heart attacks for healthy people

Packages of aspirin fill the shelves of a drugstore, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009 in Chicago. A study suggests colon cancer patients who took aspirin reduced their risk of death from the disease by nearly 30 percent. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

October 24, 2013 5:37:03 PM PDT
New research says healthy people should not take aspirin to ward off heart attacks and cancer.

The study by Britain's National Institute for Health research is being called the most comprehensive review of the risks and benefits.

Researchers say aspirin makes it harder for blood to clot, which can cause problems inside the body.

But they maintain the drug is clearly beneficial for people at high risk of a heart attack or stroke.