(AP) -- New guidelines on heart health for women are, for the first time, urging all women to consider taking aspirin to prevent strokes.
The American Heart Association released its guidelines Monday.
But the suggestion of an aspirin regimen is somewhat controversial.
Research shows it's only substantially effective in preventing strokes in older women.
Specialists say it could cause ulcers and internal bleeding, and can be dangerous for people who don't have their blood pressure under control.
Aspirin also is not recommended for younger women with few health problems.
Experts say women shouldn't start taking it without first talking to their doctors.
As for advice that most women can use -- the association suggests that women get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day to ward off heart problems.
And it urges women to eat more fruits and vegetables, while limiting fat and alcohol consumption.
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