Is aspirin really the only thing we have to prevent strokes and heart disease?

Not the ONLY. There are many ways to prevent strokes such as weight loss, blood pressure management, correct diet, limit stressful lifestyle, exercise, no smoking, and regular physical examinations by your family md. Regular blood work and evaluation are some of your best tools.
No. For general prevention, it may be more important to modify cholesterol and blood pressure, primarily with proper diet and exercise, than to take aspirin.

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When to start taking aspirin in small doses to prevent heart disease?

It depends. According to the us preventive services task force, women age 55-79 at high risk for a stroke and low risk for a bleeding problem, and men age 45-79 at high risk for a heart attack but low risk for a bleeding problem, have been shown to possibly benefit from taking a daily aspirin. A good source for proven preventive tips is the iphone app called my health checklist 2012. Read more...

Heart disease or stroke if person not moving can't take aspirin can other person put aspirin under the tongue of person?

Complicated. HTPrime. Why immobile? Stroke? I'm not sure of the question, but a person CAN have a heart attack or a stroke when immobile. Stroke is more often due to VENOUS clots than arterial clots & the treatment is different. Dissolvable aspirin can be given under the tongue; however, his/her stomach needs protection as he/she is at increased risk for ulcers when immobile. Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD about treatment. Read more...

What foods should I eat to prevent heart disease and stroke?

Walking/eating right. I recommend preventing major health problems by engaging in two activities over which most of us have control nearly every day. Read more...

Just watched "forks over knives." will going vegan prevent heart disease, stroke, cancer, etc? Sounds too good to be true -- is it accurate?

Too good to be true. Many illnesses mentioned may be helped but not prevented with a vegan diet. Genetics and environmental issues may also play roles in the development of many illnesses. Living an active life, exercising regularly, controlling your weight and having a healthy family history will pay more dividends than simply pursuing a vegan diet. Read more...
Probably true. This documentary does have its own agenda as well but most studies suggest that a healthier, balanced diet is likely to reduce the risks of cancer, stroke, heart attack, etc. If you properly watch your diet (even without being a vegan), you will likely reduce your health risks. Alternatively, there are vegans who over-eat and hence suffer from obesity (although rare). Consult your pcp please. Read more...

I had blood thinners a prescribed to prevent stroke and heart attacks. Why do nsaids pose such a high risk for heart disease?

Side effects. Nsaid's can clearly increase blood pressure, the number one risk of stroke or heart attack, but could also adversely interact with your stroke preventative meds, and compromise value. Some prior drugs in this class have been so toxic that they have been removed from the market. Read more...

Friend takes vitamin b6, b12, and folic acid on a daily basis, he says it prevents heart disease, stroke and mental depression. Is this true?

Heart disease. To the extent that deficiency of those vitamins has pathology associated, preventing those deficiciencies is beneficial. Read more...
Yes for some-depends. B6, B12 & Folic Acid all lower homocysteine, a metabolite of methionine.High homocysteine is a better predictor of risk of heart disease & stroke than cholesterol, high BP & smoking! these vits. Are proven to lower stroke risk but not yet proven to reduce heart attack risk-but likely will for anyone with high homocysteine. See http://www.Patrickholford.Com/index.Php/blog/blogarticle/171/ & comment:. Read more...

Card put me on a daily 81mg aspirin 1 a day as far as I know I do not have heart disease did stress test and he said I am fine. Is this just a preven?

Prevention. Hi. You must have some risk we are not aware of (e.g., family history?). Your only stated cardiac risk factor is high blood pressure. A woman at age 41 does not have an a priori increased risk for cardiac disease. However, aspirin 81 mg/d has essentially no risk (statisticians will disagree). Your naproxen is a higher risk (gut and heart). A strong case cannot be made in either direction. Good luk. Read more...
Ask your doctor. if a patient does not understand why he/she is taking certain medications their doctor will always be happy to explain to them why the medication was prescribed. Read more...