Are aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen equally good at preventing heart attacks?

Only Aspirin Daily. Only Aspirin is indicated for prevention of heart attack acetaminophen and ibuprophen are not used and not recommended for prevention of heart attack.
No. Heart attacks are typically a result of platelets sticking together and blocking an artery in the heart. Aspirin blocks the platelets ability to stick together decreasing the chance that a blockage (heart attack) will occur. For this reason, Aspirin is one of the most effective medicines ever discovered for the prevention of heart attacks. Neither tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen has this effect.

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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...

I read an article that says aspirin helps prevent heart attack and strokes? True?

Partially true . "prevents" is a strong word; Aspirin is not a 100% warranty . However, if someone has risk factors for heart attack/stroke, taking 1 Aspirin a day does help to reduce chances on having it. Read more...
Yes. There are a few scientific studies supporting this. Read more...
Absoultely. Aspirin is the first line of treatment to prevent heart attacks & strokes. Definitely works for secondary prevention (i.e. You have already had one) but also for primary prevention - especially if you have risk factors. So the older you are, male sex, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoker, or family history of heart attack before age 55 contribute. You only need to take 81 mg/day. Read more...