Aspirin and Heart Attacks

Aspirin is a common medicine and is found in most people’s houses due to its various uses. Usually aspirin is used as a pain reliever. There are various effects of aspirin on our body. It blocks the production of prostaglandins and help relieve pain and inflammation. It lowers down the temperature and disturbs the formation of blood clots by the blood platelets.

Out of all the other uses, the most important use of aspirin is for the heart patients. It is used for controlling the clot formation. Therefore, it checks the causing of blockage and control hindrance in the blood flow.

When platelets bind together they form clot, the aspirin disturbs this formation thus preventing the clot formation. Although aspirin is very useful for heart patients but there are certain contraindications and side-effects that are mandatory to be looked upon and discussed with your consultant before starting the aspirin intake.

Aspirin and heart attacks may have a beneficial relation but it can be hazardous if not dealt carefully as aspirin can cause gastritis, gastrointestinal bleeding, allergic reactions, and hemorrhagic conditions in brain or other viscera. Aspirin could cause stroke due to bleeding. Those who are allergic to aspirin may undergo shock and it sometimes also cause certain childhood disease, Ryes syndrome if it is given during some viral diseases. Aspirin must not be taken in stroke as clot is not the only reason for stroke, sometimes stroke can also happen due to ruptured vessels and aspirin administration can cause potential damage to the condition.

Aspirin is very beneficial for people already had an attack, unstable angina, stable angina, after by pass surgery or even the healthy men after the age of 40 and healthy female after the age of 65 who have faced the risk factors but their blood pressure are controlled, this reduces the chances of getting heart disease.

All the above mentioned cases must be given aspirin in low dose i.e. 81mg/day.

Aspirin and heart attacks are closely related. Aspirin reduces the chances of heart attacks or avoids the recurrent attacks and reduces the severity of disease if taken immediately on the onset of the symptoms.

Chewable aspirin is of greater advantage then regular as it absorbs faster thus giving immediate effects. While talking aspirin and heart attacks connection, the dose of aspirin must be kept in mind. For headache or other purpose the dose of aspirin is near about 300mg while for heart patients the daily dose must be within 75 to 81mg per day.

While studying all about aspirin and heart attacks, one must be well aware of the contraindications of aspirin administration. Special consideration should be given to those who are allergic to ibuprofen, patient with asthma must also be cautious of aspirin use. Administration of aspirin in dengue is contraindicated as it increases the bleeding tendency similarly in hemophilia. Since aspirin reduces the excretion of uric acid, patients suffering from renal problems must avoid aspirin intake. Children and adolescence must not be given aspirin for common cold and fever as it can cause Reye’s syndrome which is an illness characterized by encephalopathy and fatty lever.