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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Aspirin Use and Heart Health
How does the intake of aspirin and in what quantity affect or help heart diseases?
Aspirin is a very mild blood thinner and helps prevent blood from clotting. This may help in preventing a heart attack or stroke, which can be due to a tiny blood clot obstructing blood flow through an artery. Aspirin is also an anti-inflammatory medication, and there is some thought that heart attacks and strokes may involve inflammation in the blood vessels.
The usual recommended dose is 81 mg (baby aspirin).
Karen Kutoloski, DO
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University