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Does aspirin dissolve blood clots?

Does aspirin dissolve blood clots?

No: Aspirin is used to prevent the formation of blood clots through the inhibition of aggregation of cells (platelets) that are part of the clot. Once the clot is formed, Aspirin is not very effective in dissolving it. This is because the clot has material incorporated in it that does not respond to the action of aspirin. ...Read more

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A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like ...Read more


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Can aspirin dissolve blood clots in the legs?

Can aspirin dissolve blood clots in the legs?

No: Aspirin can inhibit coagulation of blood in the legs, but once a clot forms it will not dissolve the clot. At that point "blood thinners" are the treatment. ...Read more

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Will my blood go back to normal after long term heavy use of aspirin. I'm worried about blood clots forming but I believe the aspirin is hurting me ?

Will my blood go back to normal after long term heavy use of aspirin. I'm worried about blood clots forming but I believe the aspirin is hurting me ?

Yes: Aspirin impairs the ability of platelets (clotting cells) to bunch together and form clots. The effect aspirin has on each platelet is permanent, but a platelet only lasts for about 10 days before it dies and is replaced by a new one. After stopping aspirin therapy, any affected platelets will be gone within a month at most, more likely 2-3 weeks, and the replacements should be normal. ...Read more

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Does aspirin truly prevent blood clots? Is the bleeding risk more evident than the benefit?

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Does aspirin truly prevent blood clots? Is the bleeding risk more evident than the benefit?

Not really: Aspirin works to inhibit platelet function, but is not an anticoagulant like Coumadin (warfarin) or heparin. Depending on why you are taking Aspirin and your risk factors, it can be more beneficial that the bleeding risk. But that requires more of an individual balancing of risk/benefits. ...Read more

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Will daily aspirin help in the reduction of blood clots in a patient with endocarditis?

Type of endocarditis: What type of endocarditis are you asking about ? Aspirin may help but typically anticoagulantion with Heparin then Coumadin (warfarin) is used to prevent embolization . Check with your cardiologist. ...Read more

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Blood clots in past and heart problems.Should I take aspirin?

Blood clots in past and heart problems.Should I take aspirin?

Location: Where were your clots? If you had a clot in a vein or in your heart, Aspirin isn't effective. A more potent anticoagulant is necessary. You shouldn't take both usually. If you've had an arterial clot: coronary artery, bypass graft, or stroke, Aspirin is indicated - if you're not bleeding and not at high risk of bleeding. Also, be aware that Aspirin can cause cause stomach upset and GI bleeding. ...Read more

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Have a large 2 inch hickey on side of neck, it is very dark and big. Worried about the possibility of blood clots? What should I do? Aspirin? Help

Nothing: A hickey is just a bruise in the skin from pressure. It will go away with no treatment.When it starts to turn yellow you know it is going away. ...Read more

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Planning to do eyebrow micropigmentation (tattoo but not very deep into skin i take 100mg aspirin daily i had blood clots can i stop taking 5 days?

Planning to do eyebrow micropigmentation (tattoo but not very deep into skin
i take 100mg aspirin daily i had blood clots
can i stop taking 5 days?

No, See below: Tattooing is a form of self-mutilation and you should not do it, much less if it will interfere with your medication. Do not discontinue taking aspirin, without talking with the doctor who prescribed it. ...Read more

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