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.
Prevents clots. Baby Aspirin helps prevent platelets from clumping and forming clots that might block blood flow in any narrowed coronary arteries that feed the heart muscle. If blood flow is blocked in those coronary arteries, the heart muscle would not get enough oxygen that it needs cause the heart to stop beating or to beat uncontrollably, or fibrillate, both of which would result in a heart attack.

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

No. Every study that has examined this question has shown that among large populations exposed to small doses of aspirin, there is an increase in peptic ulceration, abnormal bleeding, and intracranial hemorrhage when compared to matched controls who received no aspirin. Only those at risk of heart attacks or clotting type strokes should take it. (men>50, women >60 if there's no contraindication). Read more...
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...

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...
Can't say. For some it may be a good idea.For others it may trigger problems by itself or interact with meds and lead to severe bleeding complications. Without knowing your situation it is unrealistic to say. Read more...

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...
Anti platelet action. Seems to reduce thrombus, and limit damage due to its anti platelet effect. Read more...

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

Chew. Chew, chew it up. That's the fastest way to get it in their bloodstream. If they are unresponsive you cannot give it to them as it could end up in their airway. Good question. Read more...
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...

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...