ArticleAspirin for the Primary Prevention of Adverse Cardiovascular EventsEstes, Krista MSN, ARNP; Thomure, Jessica MSN, ARNPAuthor Information Shawnee Mission Medical Center (Ms Estes) and The University of Kansas Hospital (Ms Thomure), Kansas. Corresponding Author: Krista Estes, MSN, ARNP, University of Kansas School of Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Program, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, Kansas City, KS 66160. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly: October 2008 - Volume 31 - Issue 4 - p 324-339 doi: 10.1097/01.CNQ.0000336819.35042.cb Buy Metrics Abstract There is consideration controversy regarding the use of aspirin for the prophylaxis of certain cardiovascular conditions, such as coronary thrombosis and stroke. An exploration of current literature suggests that the decision to adopt a routine aspirin regimen must follow a careful analysis of potential risks as well as benefits. Nurses share a vital role in patient education related to aspirin regimens, to guard against potential complications of low-dose aspirin therapy, including gastrointestinal bleeding and stroke. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.