An Aspirin A Day

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There is truth to the old adage of an aspirin a day keeps the doctor away.  Studies have shown daily use of low dose aspirin can reduce the chances of a myocardial infarction also known as a heart attack.  Many patients who have had a heart attack do take a daily aspirin to lessen the chances of a repeat attack.


The science behind the pill related to the fact that aspirin changes how blood clots.  Aspirin impacts the platelets of the tiny blood cells responsible for clotting.  When there is injury, the platelets form a plug which slows the flow of blood.  This can also occur in the blood vessels that supply the heart with blood.  When these vessels begin to narrow from a condition called atherosclerosis, the platelets may form a plug increasing the chances of a heart attack.  Aspirin may help to prevent this from occurring.


Patients who have had a heart attack or are at greater risk of a heart attack, due to other conditions, such as diabetes are recommended to take an aspirin daily.  The dosage is usually low, typically 81mg.  Those with sensitivities or allergies to aspirin should clearly steer clear. Also, patients with a history of bleeding ulcers should avoid the use of aspirin.


A very old drug may just prove to be an effective addition for patients who are at risk of heart disease.  Patients should consult with their physician prior to beginning a regimen of aspirin.


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