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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Aspirin Use and Heart Health

12/14/2006

Question:

How does the intake of aspirin and in what quantity affect or help heart diseases?

Answer:

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).

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Response by:

Karen   Kutoloski, DO Karen Kutoloski, DO
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University