Aspirin is the second most common drug on the market (Caffeine being the first). But according to a recent study published by the Journal of American College of Cardiology, aspirin is commonly used as a prevention tool to preventing stroke or a heart attack. However, one in ten people who are using aspirin for prevention purposes are using it incorrectly and potentially exposing themselves to a greater health risk. Women were more likely than men to be using this treatment incorrectly.
How aspirin works?
Aspirin works by preventing the sticky platelets, which help blood clot, from sticking together. If a blood clot happens in the heart or brain, it can be fatal. However remember that if blood didn't clot, we would bleed out of a simple cut.
People who were under the treatment of cardiologists were observed for their management of health practices. Of the 68,808 patients studied, the information revealed that women and younger people were more likely to use aspirin incorrectly compared to seniors and men.
Daily Aspirin Therapy
You should talk with your doctor before starting a daily aspirin regimen. If you have had the following experiences, you may be a good candidate for daily aspirin therapy.
- Already had a heart attack or stroke
- No heart attack, but you have a stent in your coronary artery or you have chest pain
- You have a high risk of heart attack
- You have diabetes and at least one other risk factor such as high blood pressure
Avoid daily therapy if you have bleeding disorders, an aspirin allergy, or bleeding stomach ulcers.