Aspirin was hailed as a miracle drug when it came on the market over a century ago. It's ability to relieve pain was without peer for generations. Now of course the drug store shelves are filled with more effective alternatives.
"While it isn't used for pain as much aspirin remains a miracle drug because it reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Who should take it, how much, and are there any side effects?"
A daily regimen of aspirin isn't for everyone, but if you have risk factors for heart attack and stroke such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, or a family history your doctor may recommend aspirin therapy. And if you've already had a heart attack aspirin will almost certainly be prescribed.
Very low doses have been shown to be effective in preventing heart attacks and strokes... because aspirin prevents the clumping of platelets to damaged vessel walls.
On the other hand does aspirin prevent heart attacks, strokes, and even cancer in otherwise healthy individuals.
Recent research shows it does not. And in fact, the side effects life threatening bleeds from the stomach make it not worth while.
Today there are better ways to deal with a headache or minor pain, but if an aspirin a day can prevent a heart attack or stroke... I'd say that's still pretty miraculous... but only if you're at risk of disease...not if you're healthy.