Do you think taking an aspirin a day helps prevent heart attacks?

An aspirin a day keeps heart attack away? - bayer aspirin
United States
February 16, 2008 12:55pm CST
Aspirin is a great drug: effective, cheap, and relatively safe. Doctors say it can have a huge beneficial impact if used properly. Looking at aspirin's impact, on heart attacks for it may be equal to or better than some drug therapies that cost thousands of dollars. The problem I find is that Aspirin can have side effects in some people such as irritating the stomach lining and cause heartburn, pain, nausea, vomiting, and, over time, more serious consequences such as internal bleeding, ulcers, and holes in the stomach or intestines. Chronic alcohol users may be at increased risk of stomach bleeding, as well as liver damage, from aspirin use. At high doses, aspirin may cause temporary ringing in the ears and hearing loss, which usually disappear when the dose is lowered. The list of side effects goes on and on yet doctors still tell us to take that one tablet every day. Are you one of those people who takes an aspirin a day to prevent heart attack or some other reason?
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
16 Feb 08
Aspirin was something I had never taken or even had in the house but after I had ny heart attack in 2001 I was first put on 325mg Aspirin and now I still take one a day but low dose 81mg. I have terrible ringing in my left ear for about two years now, and all I was ever told was I had tinnitus. Thank You...
@GardenGerty (97975)
• United States
17 Feb 08
Do not blame tinnitus on the aspirin, because the ringing in your ears from aspirin is from OVERDOSE. One 81 mg. aspirin daily is not overdose. Look to your history, did you work or live around machinery ? Did you like "rock and roll" music as a young person? Also certain other illnesses can cause ringing in the ears. My first hubby had it all of his life, and he did not take aspirin or anything else.
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• Canada
17 Feb 08
Ok well Thank You for setting me straight on the aspirin thing because I didn't want to not take it because of heart health. I really have no obvious history of why this has happened but I sure wish there was a cure. If your husband had it he has probably told you the same thing, it's enough to drive you nuts.
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
18 Feb 08
I dont grow any vegetables or herbs, although I would like to. My yard, although large, is not really suited to it. When I tried to grow herbs, I found the something ate them. Plus, herbs & vegetables require a lot of water. This is difficult at the moment with our water restrictions. It is easier to grow fruit trees, & I have seven, but even they are suffering with the lack of water.
@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
18 Feb 08
I responded to this discussion about aspirin. My Lot did the same thing that occured two days ago, when my response went to the wrong discussion. I guess that means my response on aspirin went to growing vegetables. I just checked.. it's not there. I wonder which discussion my response to you went? How annoying!
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• United States
18 Feb 08
lol...I got so confused! lol..this never happened to me so I didn't know what was going on...aspirin and vegetables...rofl
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
17 Feb 08
No I don't. Besides that, it's not wise to take asprin or ib profin or tylenol on a daily basis unless a doctor tells you to because it can be very damaging to the liver. Heart disease is due to a number of things and blood thinning isn't always the answer. Asprin is a blood thinner in which also can make you bleed more profusly if you were to get hurt/cut.
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
17 Feb 08
After my father had heart sugery he was instructed to take an asprin a day because of the benefits of helping the heart. It must have helped him as he never had a heart attack. Sadly he could not put the cigs down and passed away from complications to COPD. My mom can' take the asprin regime because she is allergic to aspirin. I know if an ambulance is called her because someone is haveing a heart attack the first thing they do is give them an aspriin it thins the blood so it does not clot in your heart.
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@youless (90956)
• Guangzhou, China
17 Feb 08
I am not sure about this. However, I know a fact that is the aspirin has some disadvantages. After all, it is a medicine and if it is not necessary, we shouldn't take it everyday. If you want to avoid the heart attacks, I suggest you use oliver oil. It will be the natural and healthier way.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
17 Feb 08
Hello Ctry, Wow! What a question! Yes, aspirin is powerful medicine. So much so, in fact, that the A.M.A. medical profession still does not completely understand what it does, and why? That speaks volumes!!! Unless someone has a specific medical condition where aspirin has been proven to affect positive change, then I would not suggest that people begin an aspirin regimen. The reason is because it is not a therapy that is universal! It is very specific. The pharmaceutical industry resents aspirin, just as they resent all of the nutriceutical industry. Why? Because the pharmaceutical industry, in large part, represents knock-off synthetics of the natural pharmacopia. Many of the most dynamic alterations in physical health are the result of dietary changes, followed by homeopathic changes. Incidentally, homeopathy is that basis for the concept of immunizations -- a wee little bit of 'some thing' to initiate the body's natural immuno response. 3,000 years of anectdotal evidence supports the supposition that 'giving the body what IT needs to heal' is the best course for longevity and health. Granted, aspirin is, and has been a dynamic health store in that search for abundent health. Though, before I would recommend it, I would suggest that all people make the commitment to visit with an Osteopathic Doctor (O.D.) or a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) to obtain a full assessment of their health. By the way, O.D.s are A.M.A. certified doctors, and N.D.s are not. Though, N.D.s are my personal recommendation because they do not subscribe to the nonsense of the link between doctors & the big pharmaceutical profit drive. When one visits an N.D., they are going to learn what THEIR body needs for vitality. Not what some pharmaceutical sales rep. or commercial on T.V. tells them that they need. There's a big difference between HEALTHY LIVING and pharmaceutical SUSSTANENCE. That difference is in learning what the individual needs for optimal health. Yes, sometimes aspirin is a part of the desired health goal. Though sometimes it is not. Learning the difference, based on the individual's state of health is essential!
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
17 Feb 08
Form what I understand the amount of aspirin you are to take per day is a baby aspirin which is less than 100mg and only 1 per day. I believe the majority of side effect come from taking adult aspirin and taking it too often.
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@GardenGerty (97975)
• United States
17 Feb 08
An aspirin a day also helps prevent colon cancer. It may help fight the inflammation that causes Alzheimer's. I do not consistently take it, but I should. The full sized aspirin is more effective for women than the baby aspirin. Taking it at night has a more pronounced effect than taking it in the day time. I prefer to take it while I will still be upright for an hour, and not on an empty stomach. I get more irritation from Ibuprofen. For some it would benefit them to take the enteric coated aspirin.
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
16 Feb 08
Yes!! I worked in a coronary care unit for a long time back when the iniitial studies about the effects of low dose aspirin therapy were being done. Aspirin keeps our platelets (part of the blood that aids in clotting) from clumping together and forming clots that flow to the small vessels in the heart and cause a heart attack. This also helps in stroke prevention! But as you so correctly stated, one has to be very careful when taking aspirin preventatively as aspirin can actually cause us to bleed very easily, especially in the stomach! A baby aspirin is what most doctors recommend.
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@mlhuff12 (799)
• United States
16 Feb 08
I think people who do this are usually older than I. But I think they take baby aspirin, I am not sure. But I do think that it does help. I think it helps thin your blood. So then there is less chance of blood clots and stroke. I am not sure if blood clots are connected with heart attacks or not.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
12 May 08
I don't know about heart attacks but I do know that years ago when I had to have a tumor removed from my ovaries I was told to take 2 aspirins every day and it would keep my blood from clotting and forming cysts and tumors again. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@snowy22315 (45438)
• United States
5 May 08
I hope so since I take it daily. I think the safest thing is to take a low dose. 81mg is probably ok.
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
2 May 08
Its not just any asprin if I'm not mistaken..its BABY asprin..My husband has to take one daily and I THINK thats the reason why (I'll have to ask him now though to be sure cause he may be takin it for another reason) I dont take asprin for a flippin headache let alone for heart attack prevention LOL
• Malaysia
2 May 08
I have been taking half aspirin a day since I suffered a heart attack when I was 40 years old (now I am 59). I did not suffer any side effects of aspirin. May be due to aspirin I do not have to undergo any heart surgeries.
@busta1baby (1238)
• United States
17 Apr 08
i have no idea
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
2 Mar 08
You are right that aspirin can cause a lot of side effects. But the aspirin that should be taken for heart attack prevention is not the normal aspirin that you buy for pain. There is a small blue aspirin that is meant to be taken for heart attack prevention and is such a small and mild form of aspirin that there should be no side effects. Just ask a pharmacy for it and they will show it to you. What it does to help heart attacks from happening, is it thins out your blood. So not everyone should be taking it, only if your doctor tells you to. Some people who already have thin blood, this aspirin can be fatal to them. So please do not take an aspirin a day unless your doctor advices you to.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
19 Feb 08
I am pretty sure that it has been a proven help in heart attack prevention - thoug i think the dosage is supposed to be 1 baby size tablet. I suppose if one is taking adult dosages daily just for this effect, they may be poisoning themselves.
• Egypt
16 Feb 08
i agree with u