Heart Disease and Aspirin Therapy

May 26, 2016

Aspirin is often used as a pain reliever for headaches or body aches as well as a fever reducer. However, did you know that aspirin can also be used to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes? Since aspirin reduces the clumping of blood platelets it can prevent clotting. It also prevents inflammation associated with heart disease. According to Everyday Health, 36 percent of the population take low doses of aspirin for these reasons. However, is this form of therapy right for you?


The first step to deciding whether or not aspirin therapy is right for you is talking with your doctor. Some things that will be considered are:


  1. Have you already had a stroke or heart attack?

If you are already at high risk for stroke or heart attack, aspirin therapy may indeed save your life.


  1. What are the possible side effects of aspirin therapy?

Although you may reduce the risk of a clot-related stroke, a bleeding stroke may occur. It also increases the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. Lastly, you may experience an allergic reaction to aspirin.


  1. If I’ve never had a stroke or heart attack, do I need aspirin therapy?

A doctor may still recommend it if you are at high risk for other reasons such as having diabetes and high blood pressure.


Remember, do NOT start taking daily aspirin without consulting a doctor first. Also, if you feel like you may be having a heart attack, although your doctor may advise you to chew aspirin in this situation, call 911 immediately.

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