Share Your Aspirin Experience! New Study Shines Additional Light

HeartHawk
By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2011-06-08 13:18:47 -0500
Started 2011-05-09 23:23:17 -0500

Many of us take aspirin as a preventative measure (I take 162mg per day) and aspirin is generally considered a "wonder drug." But, a new study including 90,000 participants suggests it may not be quite as useful in primary prevention (those without known heart disease) as once thought. However, even among this group there was 14% reduction in events.

Share your aspiring experience.Why do you take aspirin and more importantly was it prescribed by your doc? Also, have you had any bleeding problems (aspirin does increase the likelihood).

HH


11 replies

Rightbundlebranchblock
Rightbundlebranchblock 2011-06-08 13:18:47 -0500 Report

I take 81mg of aspirin twice a day. It was prescribed for two conditions. I started taking it in 2005, after my first knee replacement surgery to prevent clots. (I was on Lovenox injections daily for 14 days after surgery). The aspirin has been continued ever since. The cardiac benefit was like frosting on the cupcake. I also take 800 mg of Motrin three times daily for osteoarthritis. Between the two meds, my blood is a bit on the thin side, but my primary MD checks my platelet levels regularly.

clj01
clj01 2011-05-24 11:44:48 -0500 Report

I have been taking aspirinfor at least the last 9 years, I can't remember what it was originaly prescribed for, but it was increased to 325mg daily almost 3 years ago. This was long before being diagnosed with afib. My PCP wanted to start me on coumadin but changed her mind and is sending me to see the local EP. It seems obvious that the aspirin does not stop the development of other problems.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-05-24 23:58:20 -0500 Report

clj,

The aspirin is primarily to inhibit platelet aggregation - aka - blood clots that can form during plaque ruptures leading to heart attack. It is commonly prescribed as a secondary prevention measure after heart attack as well as in conjunction with other anti-clotting meds like clopidogrel (Plavix) if a stent is inserted.

Yoiur right, it doesn't stop heart disease but it can prevent complication due to clotting and some docs even add it to afib scrips. Bottom-line, aspirin is cheap insurance unless you have stomach or bleeding problems.

HH

Te Ja
Te Ja 2011-05-23 10:49:46 -0500 Report

I've been taking an 325mg for about 10 years now, prescibed by my dr. and so far no bleeding problems.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-05-28 23:11:58 -0500 Report

Te Ja,

Great news! I was also taking 325mg but backed down to 162.5 due to gastritis. It was not all aspirin's fault but was part of my effort to correct stomach problems.

HH

reneewynn
reneewynn 2011-05-20 15:50:00 -0500 Report

Hi I wish I could take aspirins for prevention, but it is too late. Besides my doctors to me years ago I cannot take aspirin, because I take blood thinners. D

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-05-25 00:01:15 -0500 Report

renee,

If you take a blood thinner already your doc may have decided that aspirin is not needed for additional protection. It may, in fact, "thin" your blood too much and cause bleeding problems!

HH

LennyDenny
LennyDenny 2011-05-12 08:45:08 -0500 Report

I have been on 325 mg of aspirin for about 8 years. After my heart attack they found out I was allegic to coumadine (hope the spelling is right) broke out in hives. They put me on small dose of aspirin 85 mg. but when I when for my first heart cath after my heart attack they wanted me on the 325 mg. I do have to watch when working outside or in my shop. I do bruise easy and if I cut myself I will bleed quite a bit. I do have to be very carefull. Forgot to mention that before I have any procedure done I have to discontinue the aspirin for at least 5 days. I am having surgery tomorrow to have some skin cancer removed and was told by the plastic surgeon not to take any aspirin this week, she also had me discontinue my vitamin.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-05-20 00:33:23 -0500 Report

Lenny,

That all sounds about right. What did they use in place of Coumadin, Pradaxa perhaps? Also, what vitamin were you told to discontinue?

HH

LennyDenny
LennyDenny 2011-05-23 13:59:15 -0500 Report

He has me on the 325 mg aspirin in place of the coumadin. I only take a multi-vitamin for men over 50. When the plastic surgeon was talking about my second surgery she asked what vitamin I took and told me to discontinue it also.

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