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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

Blood Clot (Definition)

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?

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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I have large blood clots on my period? If I take aspirin, will that help the blood flow instead of make clots?

I have large blood clots on my period? If I take aspirin, will that help the blood flow instead of make clots?

Blood clots: The reason you have blood clots during your period is different than what Aspirin does in your body. If you take daily Aspirin you might bleed more heavily. ...Read more

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Does taking an 81mg aspirin do anything to help prevent blood clots caused by atrial fibrillation?

Does taking an 81mg aspirin do anything to help prevent blood clots caused by atrial fibrillation?

Yes it helps: But another stronger medication is also indicated. This has to be the choice of your doctor
Eliquis and Xarelto are the two most common drugs chosen
Speak with your PCP or Cardiologist.
Hope this helps!
Happy healthy Holidays
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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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If I take daily aspirin (81mg) to prevent blood clots can I get flu shot (afraid of associated reye syndrome) I am 38.

Get Ur flu shot: In the peak period of reye syndrome during the 70's it was found associated with growing kids, generally in mid childhood. When we quit giving Aspirin to kids (birth to 16) the process all but disappeared. You are not in a risk group at 38.I believe in the flu shot.I sent a newborn home with a grandparent in 2009 when her pregnant daughter died of flu at 39 weeks. It would have made a difference. ...Read more

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Why is it that aspirin can prevent blood clots in arteries but not in veins? If it inhibits platelet function, why does it not do that everywhere?

Why is it that aspirin can prevent blood clots in arteries but not in veins? If it inhibits platelet function, why does it not do that everywhere?

It does: It does inhibit platelet function. It does inhibit clot formation in veins. Its just that venous clots aren't quite as serious an issue. We worry about clots in the arteries to your heart that can lead to heart attack or an artery to your extremity leading to cold leg or arm. People do get clots in their veins, they are called DVTs but they usually aren't fatal. ...Read more

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Can women with no known blood issues take a aspirin a day during and after pregnancy to prevent blood clots? I'm afraid of getting pregnant and clots

Not recommended: Aspirin is prescribed for some very specific issues in pregnancy; however, its not recommended for general use. In the first trimester, aspirin use is concerning for increased pregnancy loss and even congenital defects. In the third trimester it can cause premature closure of an important vessel in the babies heart. You shouldn't use it unless you are prescribed it by a doctor. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Should a 48-year-old person w/no stomach problems take an aspirin before taking a 13-hour flight (to prevent blood clots)? If yes, what dose?

Should a 48-year-old person w/no stomach problems take an aspirin before taking a 13-hour flight (to prevent blood clots)? If yes, what dose?

Depends: What kind of stomach problems do you have? Are you taking medication for your condition? If you have ulcers or stomach bleeding I would not advise even 81 mg aspirin. Best advice is to talk with your family physician who will give you exercises you can do in your seat with your legs, get up and walk the aisle periodically and wear support stockings. ...Read more

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I'm getting a surgery for medial malleolus fracture. I have no other medical issues and take no other medicines. Should I take aspirin to prevent blood clots?

I'm getting a surgery for medial malleolus fracture. I have no other medical issues and take no other medicines. Should I take aspirin to prevent blood clots?

Not a bad idea: Medial malleolar fx surgery is performed under tourniquet. Hence, no increased blood loss risks whether you take Aspirin before and/or after surgery. Trauma studies have confirmed that continuing Aspirin through the peri-op period does not increase risks for these type surgeries, but can reduce potential thromboembolic events. Although blood clot risk is small, it is not unheard of. ...Read more

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Could you still get a blood clot if you take aspirin?

Could you still get a blood clot if you take aspirin?

Yes: Depends on what medical conditions you have. You might be prone to develop clots,
have other risk factors- some are congenital.
Obesity, on birth control pills, inactivity, are some common risk factors. ...Read more

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Can aspirin and motrin cause a blood clot?

No: Aspirin is a blood thinner and would not cause a blood clot. Motrin should not cause a blood clot either. ...Read more

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How much aspirin should I take for blood clot in leg?

How much aspirin should I take for blood clot in leg?

None: Aspirin is not a good treatment for a deep venous thrombosis aka a blood clot in the leg. There area other medications that are better at getting the clot to resolve. Talk to your physician. ...Read more

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Does a back pain that does not respond to aspirin indicate a blood clot?

Does a back pain that does not respond to aspirin indicate a blood clot?

Blood clot: No, this is not the first thing you think of concerning the cause. Please submit a lot more information about you and the back pain in order to give more help. ...Read more

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I have a blood clot in my left leg. Would aspirin help?

Depends: Depends where it is. You need to see a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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I took a baby aspirin 81 mg. First time ever last night. Do I have to cont. Taking it now? Will I get a blood clot if I don't or something?

I took a baby aspirin 81 mg. First time ever last night. Do I have to cont. Taking it now? Will I get a blood clot if I don't or something?

What is your goal?: A low dose (81mg) Aspirin is a common way to reduce platelet stickiness which is an early stage of clot formation. Stopping after one dose doesn't suddenly make you more likely to clot, it just returns you to your baseline. If your physician thinks it would be ok for you, it is a small investment that can pay off without causing some of the problems that other medications have. ...Read more

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