take an aspirin a day to prevent heart attacks

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2011-02-15 13:57:10 -0600
Started 2010-12-02 12:51:43 -0600

Aspirin has been proven to help prevent both heart attacks and strokes. there is a blood thinning element that can help decrease your risk. It can be a good routine to have to help reduce the risk of developing heart disease. But of course you should talk to you doctor before you start it.

Does anyone do this? Have you noticed if it has helped?

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TnMtnMan 2011-02-15 13:06:19 -0600 Report

I agree with everyone's comments, and would add that when you take aspirin for daily therapy, you may want to buy COATED ("Enteric") aspirin.

An enteric coating allows aspirin to pass through the stomach to the small intestine before dissolving (they also make the tablets easier to swallow).

The special enteric coating's primary purpose is to prevent the stomach upset and discomfort that aspirin causes in some people, but does not usually protect against the risk of bleeding.

LennyDenny 2011-02-15 13:44:45 -0600 Report

You are so right about the coated asprin - the dr. has me taking a 325 mg asprin every day and I'm afraid if it wasn't coated I would have developed ulcers by now. I have asked the dr. about going to a lower dosage, but he says I have to stay at 325 mg. At the hight dosagae I do have a lot of bruising and I do have to watch cuts.

TnMtnMan 2011-02-15 13:57:10 -0600 Report

Yeah, I am on Plavix and 325 mg enteric aspirin along with fish oil (also has blood thinning effects) so I always warn my Dentist when I have my cleanings because I have a lot of bleeding! And most people don't realize that your teeth/gum health is VERY important to your heart health! (I get my gums/teeth cleaned every 3 months!) Check out: http://www.perio.org/consumer/mbc.heart.htm

GmaBobbye 2010-12-10 11:17:10 -0600 Report

I do take a baby aspirin (81 mgm) every day as ordered by my cardiologist. I definitely agree with the others, the smaller dosage is what the doctors usually order. I wont go into the generalized misunderstanding that aspirin is a 'blood thinner' - except that instead, aspirin tends to reduce the tendency to develop blood clots as to other anticoagulants.
Also, be aware of taking other OTC analgesic meds such as Motrin and other meds containing aspirin. Please be careful and read labels.

HeartHawk 2010-12-02 16:58:56 -0600 Report


Like many other heart disease sufferers, I take daily aspirin (162.5mg). Its benefits are well-established but, like, any medications there is no "one size fits all" solution. I have dealt with stomach upsets and gastritis which forces me to take an "aspirin vacation." Also, aspirin is one those medications where more is not better. It has been found that lower doses (80-160mg) work just as well as higher doses. The exception is when experiencing a heart attack where emergency medicine seem to show 325mg is an effective dose for reducing death and heart damage.

To answer your final question, I guess, since I have not had a heart attack, it probably helped!


sammonsus 2010-12-04 01:01:30 -0600 Report

You will get the same benefits if you lower the aspirin to 81 mg a day. The 325 is for someone who we think are having a MI or stroke. Otherise the hospital typically only gives 81

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