Winona Health Joins “Ask About Aspirin” Initiative: Statewide Program Aims to Reduce Heart Attacks, Strokes

Winona Health has joined the “Ask About Aspirin” initiative. The “Ask About Aspirin” initiative aims to prevent 10,000 heart attacks and strokes in Minnesota over five years. By joining the effort, Winona Health commits to the shared goal of preventing first heart attacks and strokes.

“Joining the ‘Ask About Aspirin’ program is another way Winona Health is promoting a healthy community and helping to prevent cardiovascular disease,” Winona Health Internal Medicine Physician Daniel Parker said. “This partnership brings our clinics and healthcare providers to the leading edge of prevention. We encourage people between 50 and 69 years old to ask their healthcare provider if they are a good candidate for daily aspirin.”

People in this age group are encouraged to take the nine question “Ask About Aspirin” self-assessment to see if aspirin might be right for them, but after taking the assessment they should still have a conversation with their healthcare provider about whether aspirin is right for them.

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Each year, 16,000 Minnesotans suffer their first heart attack or stroke. Reducing the number of preventable cardiovascular events would improve community health and ease the economic burden of these diseases on Minnesota families and communities.

Taking a daily aspirin, under the advice of a healthcare provider, is a simple and low-cost, highly effective way to lower the rates of a first heart attack or stroke, yet only about a third of people who would benefit from daily aspirin take it.

“‘Ask About Aspirin’ has an ambitious goal: to prevent at least 10,000 heart attacks and strokes in Minnesota and we could not reach this goal without the partnership of local health providers like Winona Health,” said Russell V. Luepker, MD, Director of the Minnesota Heart Health Program and the ‘Ask About Aspirin’ initiative. “By reducing the number of first heart attacks and strokes, we can make a real difference in the health of the Winona community and the whole state. Minnesota has always been on the leading edge of heart health breakthroughs thanks to the partnership of healthcare organizations like Winona Health.”


The “Ask About Aspirin” initiative, which is funded by the University of Minnesota Lillehei Heart Institute and a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was launched in May 2015 by the Minnesota Heart Health Program (MHHP). The program was designed by the University of Minnesota Lillehei Heart Institute, in partnership with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, the Minnesota Department of Health, and a Community Advisory Board, including the American Heart Association, Minnesota Medical Association, American College of Cardiology (Minnesota Chapter), Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, Minnesota Community Measurement, and Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement. MHHP is also an official partner of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Million Hearts® project. For more information, please visit



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