Aspirin has been used for the longest time as a powerful medicine which can help in providing relief from headaches, body aches and fever. However, it has been by various research studies that Aspirin can help prevent heart attack, chest pains and strokes but it is imperative to understand that Aspirin is not for everyone and should be consumed only with your doctor’s permission.
A daily low dose of Aspirin has been effective in preventing heart attack or stroke but it also has severe side effects to the people who aren’t prone to cardiovascular diseases. Regular consumption of aspirin puts one on the risks such as bleeding into brain or persistent stomach ache. If you do not have any heart disease but suffer from other problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes or any health issue which can lead to heart attack, DO NOT assume you can take a daily dose of Aspirin without consulting a doctor.
Why Aspirin therapy is suggested for the prevention of heart attack:
Aspirin therapy reduces clumping of platelets – preventing heart attack by obstructing blood clotting. When you bleed, the platelets build up at the site of the wound. They help form a way that seals the opening in the wound so that bleeding stops although the clotting can happen within the heart blood vessels. However, one must know that if the blood vessels are already blocked with fat (atherosclerosis) then, the blood clot can block the artery which can cause heart attack.
Following things should be considered while taking Aspirin therapy:
- Do not take aspiring regularly without getting a reliable heart assessment: It is necessary to know that every person’s heart is different and the risks of attack or stroke is dependent upon multiple factors which can be known or unknown to the doctors or to the patient. Therefore, consult your doctor before you start the aspirin therapy.
- Aspirin is not necessary if you have diabetes: Aspirin therapy is for only those patients who have a higher risk of heart disease and who are not at the danger of bleeding. Diabetes does not mandate that fat will build up in the arteries and will cause heart attack, if that does concern you discuss with your doctor/physician.
- Aspirin cannot completely cure the disease: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can prevent heart attack/stroke better and it is an important aspect of life, the early you start the better. Aspirin alone cannot prevent a heart attack.
If aspirin is taken in higher doses for longer periods, there are risks of bleeding in stomach, small intestine and brain but the risks increase for patients who:
- Are older
- Are using aspirin with other blood thinners or medicines which can increase the risk of bleeding
- Have other medical conditions such liver or kidney failure
- Had ulcers previously
- Have aspirin allergy
- Drink alcohol regularly
Never self prescribe aspirin, talk to your doctor before taking it if you are at the risk of a heart attack.