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  Aspirin Therapy and Heart Disease

Antiplatelet drugs are growing more popular in treating and preventing heart disease. Surprisingly, one of the most common and popular forms of prevention in heart disease is taking a daily dose of aspirin.

Most Americans think of aspirin as a useful treatment tucked away in their medicine cabinets for aches and pains. But aspirin has also recently been discovered to be quite valuable in the prevention of complications from heart disease and can even aid in the event of a heart attack. Aspirin is now being recommended to many patients by their doctors as part of their daily routine—as important as a good diet and exercise program. The dose and amount of aspirin you take as part of your routine will vary according to your doctor’s orders, usually just a regular or low dose of the medicine.

Aspirin holds many benefits to patients in the prevention of heart disease. Aspirin works to prevent blood clots by thinning the blood, and it also reduces the pain and discomfort associated with heart disease. Aspirin can also decrease your risk of having a stroke. One of the best benefits of aspirin is that when taken during a heart attack, aspirin can significantly reduce the amount of damage that occurs in the heart, as well as help to reduce the amount of complications from the attack in the future. People who suffer from just about any type of heart disease can benefit by taking aspirin, as well as groups of at-risk people including post-menopausal women and men over the age of 40.

Aspirin therapy does have some drawbacks, as does any medication. The therapy can increase the chance of stomach bleeding as well as ulcers, and may increase the risk of bleeding into the brain if you do suffer a stroke. This is because the same blood thinning action that benefits you in prevention or treatment of heart disease may hinder you in the event that you are injured or suffer a stroke. Side effects from aspirin can include stomach pain, facial swelling, and ringing in the ears, as well as severe headache. If you suffer from a severe headache or any other abnormal symptoms while on aspirin therapy, contact your doctor immediately because this could be a sign of bleeding in the brain.