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The Dangers of Stopping Daily Aspirin

In long-term users, discontinuation of low-dose aspirin in the absence of major surgery or bleeding was associated with a >30% increased risk of cardiovascular events.   -American Heart Association –September 27, 2017– The Risks of Stopping Low Dose Aspirin For heart attack survivors and people at high risk for one, a low-dose aspirin is part of the daily routine to prevent a heart attack or stroke. But for those who don’t stick to that routine, the rate of heart attacks, strokes… Keep Reading


What Should I Know After a Heart Attack

Do not assume that what you’ve been told is all you need to know.   Society for Participatory Medicine David Lee Scher, M.D   Five Things to Know After Your Heart Attack These five points are important because they address the seriousness of a heart attack. Feeling better after a heart attack is an experience all are grateful for. However, the journey as a cardiac patient is just beginning and knowledge is a powerful tool to have. An engaged and… Keep Reading


Heart Meds: Risks versus Benefits –Debra Witt –June 15, 2016– The Top 8 Heart Meds: Risks Vs. Benefits If your doc prescribes a heart medication that makes you feel worse, call your doctor, but don’t stop taking it – yet. Here’s what you need to know. Prescription heart medications are so common — millions of Americans currently take at least 1 to treat everything from high blood pressure and high cholesterol to heart failure and stroke — that it’s easy for doctors and patients… Keep Reading


Understanding Blood Medications: Anti-coagulants and Anti-platelets

  The most important and most effective thing a survivor can do is take their health into their own hands.   American Stroke Association –April 2014– Clot? Not! Antiplatelet and anticoagulant therapies are at the heart of preventing recurrent strokes. Although neither antiplatelet nor anticoagulant drugs can break up a clot (that’s a job for tPA and other clot busters being tested), both types of drugs are effective in keeping a clot from forming or stopping the growth of one. A… Keep Reading

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Should I Chew Aspirin if I Am Having a Heart Attack?

  People who think they may be having an attack need an extra 325 mg of aspirin, and they need it as quickly as possible. For the best results, chew a single full-sized 325-mg tablet. Harvard Heart Health December 4, 2017   Aspirin for heart attack: Chew or swallow? Immediate first aid works to minimize blood clotting triggered by plaque ruptures You’ve always been healthy, but you seemed to run out of steam at your wife’s 60th birthday dinner last… Keep Reading

Is It Safe to Take Low Does Aspirin?

Harvard Men’s Health Watch October, 2012 Is low-dose aspirin safe for you? If you take daily aspirin, make sure you know why and understand the small but real bleeding risk. Are you taking an aspirin a day to keep the cardiologist away? If so, you are among millions of Americans taking a daily dose of the cheap, widely available anti-inflammatory drug for “primary prevention” of cardiovascular disease. Primary prevention means you don’t have cardiovascular disease, and hope that aspirin will… Keep Reading

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