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Figure 3. 10-year CHD risk levels at which the number of cardiovascular disease events prevented is closely balanced to the number of serious bleeding events

Shared decision making is strongly encouraged with persons whose risk is close to (either above or below) these estimates of 10-year risk levels. As the potential cardiovascular disease reduction benefit increases above harms, the recommendation to take aspirin should become stronger.

Men Women
Age 10-Year CHD Risk, % Age 10-Year Stroke Risk, %
45-59 y ≥4 55-59 y ≥3
60-69 y ≥9 60-69 y ≥8
70-79 y ≥12 70-79 y ≥11

CHD = coronary heart disease.

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