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Whats the value of aspirin as antiplatelet?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Extremely valuable: Aspirin has been shown to decrease mortality after heart attacks. Aspirin is essential in preventing thrombosis of coronary stents after placement. All of this is mediated by its antiplatelet effect.

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Dr. Lena Caron answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Prevent heart attack: Often, clotting is important (such as in wound healing), but blood clots can also cause heart attacks if they get lodged in coronary arteries. Aspirin inhibits the production of thromboxane a2, a molecule that stimulates platelets to aggregate and form clots. Verifying this mechanism, studies have shown that the use of low dose Aspirin decreases the incidence of heart attacks.

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