Use of Asprin as Prevention

Aspirin: Commonly used for headaches and other pains, low-dose aspirin (81mg) is now also recognized as a simple but effective way to decrease the risk of strokes and heart disease in both men and women at high risk. Your risk level will be determined and recommendations made. Studies have shown that the benefits derived do not exceed the risks of GI bleeding and other complications in women under 65 who are not at high risk. (for example, diabetes, previous heart problems, blood clots)1

The primary side effects of aspirin include bruising easily or stomach problems. Those who have stomach issues may find that the enteric-coated aspirin may relieve that problem. Those who are bruising easily may need less frequent dosing as determined by the physician. Too, patients taking aspirin must notify the surgeon or dentist prior to undergoing even a simple procedure because of the increased risk of bleeding. (Typically the surgeon/dentist will stop the aspirin for at least one week prior to the procedure.)


Patients taking prescription blood thinners should only take aspirin if recommended by physicians following the blood thinner medication because of the combined effect of the medicines. Persons who should not take aspirin include those who have : allergy to aspirin or other salicylates, asthma, uncontrolled high blood pressure, severe liver or kidney disease, or bleeding disorders.2

1 www.thekansascitychannel.com. Accessed 1/16/07.
2 www.rxlist.com. Accessed 1/16/07.

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