Aspirin acts as a "blood thinner." It prevents blood clots from forming. When taken during and after a heart attack, it can reduce your chance of dying. And it's used if you have a stent in your coronary artery. Also, aspirin helps certain people lower their risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Be sure you know what dose of aspirin to take and how often to take it. Low-dose aspirin is typically 81 mg. But the dose for daily aspirin can range from 81 mg to 325 mg.
Taking aspirin every day can cause bleeding. It may not be safe if you have stomach ulcers. And it may not be safe if you have high blood pressure that is not controlled. If you take aspirin pills every day, do not take ones that have other ingredients such as caffeine or sodium.
Before you start to take aspirin, tell your doctor all the medicines and natural health products you take.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: September 21, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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