For Heart Event Survivors

The Wonder Drug®

How aspirin does more than just relieve headaches.

It's been around for over 100 years as a pain reliever. You probably have some in your medicine cabinet right now. It's inexpensive, and its uses are many. You already know that aspirin can help relieve your headache - but what else can this wonder drug do?

Prevent a recurrent heart attack or stroke

Taken regularly, as directed by a doctor, an aspirin regimen can help reduce your risk of a second heart attack by up to 30%. Regular aspirin use under a doctor's care can also help prevent recurrent non-fatal stroke in people who already have suffered a first ischemic stroke or have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini-stroke).

Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.

Take it during a heart attack

If taken during a suspected heart attack, aspirin can lessen the damaging effects of the attack and can improve your chance of survival. Be sure to call 911 and crush or chew and swallow aspirin as directed by a doctor. When taken during a heart attack, and for 30 days thereafter as directed by a doctor, aspirin can help reduce the risk of death up to 23%.

If you suspect a heart attack, call 911 and crush or chew and swallow aspirin as directed by a doctor.

How it works

Aspirin reduces production of substances called prostaglandins, which are involved in the early stages of your body's blood clotting mechanism. By inhibiting these prostaglandins, aspirin inhibits the formation of blood clots that might clog the arteries supplying the heart muscle and brain, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Essentially, aspirin helps prevent these harmful clots from forming.

So, should you be taking aspirin?

While there are many benefits to aspirin therapy, it's not right for everyone. It's very important that you talk to your doctor before beginning an aspirin regimen.

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