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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
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
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
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
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
Had stroke 2 yrs back. Taking aspirin as blood thinner. Nw suddn blood clots appear in body & wipe away. Is aspirin responsible 4 it? Shld stop taking it?
Brief vacation from: Stop aspirin for 3 days and then resume ...Read more
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
Does taking an 81mg aspirin do anything to help prevent blood clots caused by atrial fibrillation?
33 years old. Broke ankle 3 weeks ago. In fiberglass cast. Should I worry about blood clots? Haven't been taking aspirin. Should I? Too late to work?
No: You are young and if there are no risk factors there is no need to worry about blood clots. I don't think you need Aspirin either. ...Read more
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
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
"Flight socks and aspirin won’t stop blood clots, says professor"in the UK 2013/50 Fit male Mitral Valve Repair2yrs ago for2x6hr flights Flight Socks?
Agree: Such measures are useful but cannot guarantee being clot free ...Read more
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
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
Can aspirin 3 times a week along with birth control be enough to prevent blood clots and not too much to cause internal bleeding?
It can: But you need to be monitored for both, as well as liver abnormalities. ...Read more
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
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
Depends: Depends where it is. You need to see a vascular surgeon. ...Read more
Let's say I do have a blood clot, will quitting smoking while taking aspirin everyday make the blood clot start to go away?
See below: No. The clot will heal on it's own. Aspirin will help prevent future clots. ...Read more
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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