If you have heart disease, a daily dose of aspirin may be just what the doctor orders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you talk to your doctor about taking aspirin if you have experienced a heart attack, a stroke or undergone heart procedures such as angioplasty or bypass surgery.
“Aspirin fights inflammation that is associated with heart disease,” says Joseph C. Dwyer, MD, FACC, cardiologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “It also can help prevent the formation of blood clots, which can block arteries and lead to heart problems. In patients with known heart disease, aspirin has been shown to reduce the risk of death.”
While aspirin can be important in preventing future heart events, you should speak to your doctor first about whether it would be beneficial. “Your doctor will help you determine if the benefits of aspirin therapy outweigh the risks,” says Dwyer.
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