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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


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How does aspirin help you during a heart attack?

How does aspirin help you during a heart attack?

Aspirin: Aspirin blocks platelet clumping that contributes to the blockage of the coronary artery that is the cause of a heart attack. ...Read more

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How do you give aspirin to someone who is having a heart attack?

How do you give aspirin to someone who is having a heart attack?

Oral: Pill and sip, of water.
Under tongue can get some absorption if not swallowing.


Rectal suppository if available, and if not able to swallow a pill. ...Read more

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Does having one tablet of aspirin everyday after the age of 40 help avoiding a heart attack?

Does having one tablet of aspirin everyday after the age of 40 help avoiding a heart attack?

Not in everyone: Only those with sufficient risk factors will benefit from the daily aspirin. Talk to your primary care doctor to determine if you need it, since taking it without an indication can lead to gastric bleeding. ...Read more

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Does 325 mg of aspirin have same protective benefits for heart attack as 81 mg? Is one better than other?

Does 325 mg of aspirin have same protective benefits for heart attack as 81 mg? Is one better than other?

81 usually enough: For most people, 81mg is enough protection without the increased bleeding risk of 325mg. Normally you only need 325mg if you have a heart attack or stroke while on 81mg or if you have bypass. But many cardiologists still use 325mg no matter what the studies say. ...Read more

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How can aspirin help during a heart attack? Are there any diseases/conditions where aspirin should not be taken?

Proven benefit: There is good data - old but good - showing that people having a heart attack have increased survival when given an aspirin. It is a mild blood thinner, which is how we believe it helps. During a heart attack, the only contraindication would be active bleeding. If you are taking it to prevent a heart attack, however, that is different. I'd see your doctor in that case to discuss the risks. ...Read more

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Hypothetically; If I were to have a heart attack would it be safe for me to take Aspirin and to keep it on me at all times?

Hypothetically; If I were to have a heart attack would it be safe for me to take Aspirin and to keep it on me at all times?

Depends: If you already had a heart attack, chronic Aspirin therapy is recommended as the risks of bleeding outweigh the risk of having another heart attack. For primary prevention (to prevent the very first heart attack) it is only recommended for patients at high risk of having a heart attack but not everyone, as it does increase the odds of bleeding. ...Read more

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What's the right dose of aspirin.? To prevent an heart attack?

What's the right dose of aspirin.? To prevent an heart attack?

Baby aspirin: 81 mg (as opposed to 325 mg daily) usually taken every day or even every other day has been shown to be equally effective for prevention heart attacks- with no other risk factors than - note this is still controversial as some docs still recommend 162-325 mg daily. I do defer to my cards colleagues and leave my patients on what they recommend. ...Read more

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Can aspirin slow down a stroke the same way it does to a heart attack?

Can aspirin slow down a stroke the same way it does to a heart attack?

Yes: Aspirin is an anti-platelet agent and thus helps prevent the small arteries from being obstructed by circulating platelet clots and it has been proven to reduce the risk of heart attacks as well as strokes considerably. ...Read more

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Is it better to take aspirin at night or morning to prevent heart attack?

Is it better to take aspirin at night or morning to prevent heart attack?

Evening.: Aspirin inhibits platelets irreversibly. The effect wears off as time goes on and is renewed when the new dose is taken. Since most heart attacks occur in the early am the greatest protection will be achieved by taking Aspirin at night. ...Read more

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What dose of aspirin reduces the chance of heart attack and or stroke please?

What dose of aspirin reduces the chance of heart attack and or stroke please?

81 mg: Some recommend325 mg daily but likely for most average size folks, 81 mg daily suffices.
Early studies used as much as 325 3times daily. ...Read more

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Is it true that aspirin does not help women to prevent a heart attack? Just read that in several sites online and im worried

Yes and no: Recent large studies following women who took low dose 81 mg Aspirin over several years found that it was ineffective in preventing heart attacks but did reduce strokes in woman over 65. At the time of a heart attack or suspected heart attack it is strongly recommended that both men and women swallow two full crushed aspirins which can help dissolve blood clots in the coronary arteries. ...Read more

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How does baby aspirin decrease the risk of a heart attack?

Decrease clumping: Asporin is a platelet inhibitor a d prevents clumping of them on an unstable air any plaque in the coronary arteries. ...Read more

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Should older persons without heart problems take an aspirin daily to prevent a heart attack?

Maybe: While in previous years Aspirin was recommended for most men and women over age 55, this question has recently been reexamined with now much different recommendations. For men the current recommendation is for 81mg of Aspirin only in men with known coronary artery disease to prevent heart attacks. For women the recommendation is 81 mg only for women over age 65 to prevent strokes. ...Read more

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People say to take 81 mgs. Aspirin if having a heart attack. I think also to add HTN meds, if already prescribed. Combo more helpful?

People say to take 81 mgs. Aspirin if having a heart attack. I think also to add HTN meds, if already prescribed. Combo more helpful?

Not clear about?: If you think you are having a heart attack, you should dial 911. Taking a baby aspirin and/or anti hypertensive medications is not sufficient in this situation. If you are talking about preventing a heart attack, you'll want to discuss your individual risk profile with your primary physician and then take appropriate measures after consulting with them. Hope this is helpful! Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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My dad's on warfarin. If we suspect heart attack should we give him an aspirin?

Warfarin: You should ask this question of your dad's physician. In general I would recommend the Aspirin if a high suspicion of a heart attack is present. ...Read more

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Can taking low dose Bayer (aspirin) over time keep a heart attack at bay?

Can taking low dose Bayer (aspirin) over time keep a heart attack at bay?

See below: Daily low-dose Aspirin is the common preventive measure for inhibiting blood clots in the coronary arteries. Seems to be effective. Of course there are other factors involved in heart attacks such as arterial spasm. Discuss the issue with pcp or cardiologist, especially if there is family history of heart attacks. ...Read more

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If you ate on coumadin, (warfarin) and having a heart attack, can you take aspirin?

If you ate on coumadin, (warfarin) and having a heart attack, can you take aspirin?

Yes: Platelet agents like Aspirin are indicated as initial therapy for a possible heart attack. ...Read more

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Is is safe for everybody in the country to take a baby aspirin daily to help prevent a heart attack?

Is is safe for everybody in the country to take a baby aspirin daily to help prevent a heart attack?

NO: Routine use of any medication to the population at large can create newer problems that we are not anticipating before. Low dose Aspirin can prevent platelet aggregation and decrease the incidence of coronary thrombosis in high risk patients. People with diabetes mellitus, obesity, family history of heart disease or previous myocardial infarction are the prime people to benefit from Aspirin therapy. ...Read more

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They say to take aspirin if you suspect a heart attack. Do you chew it, or swallow it with water or what?

They say to take aspirin if you suspect a heart attack. Do you chew it, or swallow it with water or what?

Chew it: In order for Aspirin to work it needs to get to the heart through the blood stream. The fastest way is to chew and swallow it with some water. Swallowing an Aspirin whole delays absorption into the blood stream by minutes to hours. ...Read more

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Taking 325mg aspirin for a few years, Have a history of a-Fib, but no history of heart attack what is the safest way to switch to low dose?

Simple: Make sure the doctor who initiated you on a full dose Aspirin, is alright with you changing the dose. The dose change is simple, just initiate baby aspirin the next day. ...Read more

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I've heard that if you take low dose aspirin everyday it can help reduce clot formation that can lead to a heart attack. What exact part of clot forma?

Aspirin...: Aspirin causes the platelets to be "slippery" so they can't stick together. This helps prevent clot formation because the platelets are an integral part of clot formation. Hope this helps!!!! ...Read more

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Should I take daily baby aspirin to prevent heart attack?

Depends: That is a good question. I'd recommend you talk with your doctor about your cardiovascular risk (including risk for heart attack) and also at the risks and benefits of Aspirin therapy, and then together come up with the right answer for you individually. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Halfprin (Definition)

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