Anyone who has a family or personal history of heart issues should always be on the lookout for ways to lessen the risk of future problems. Two recent studies provide evidence of some concrete measures to take if you may be at risk. First, according to a recent study published in Circulation, if you’ve been taking a baby aspirin due to previous heart problems such as stroke or heart attack, the clear message is: Don’t Stop. According to this research, those people who begin an aspirin regimen but then taper off as time goes by put themselves at higher risk for future heart conditions. Read more about this important study Here. And in another study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers reviewing years of health data determined that people who become afflicted with shingles may then be more susceptible to a stroke or heart attack, especially during the first year of the onset of shingles. Those of you who have had shingles know how painful that can be- adding the risk of future heart problems just makes the case to get vaccinated against shingles that much more compelling. Check out the CDC recommendations for getting a shingles vaccine Here.