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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...

If I take daily aspirin (81mg) to prevent blood clots can I get flu shot (afraid of associated reye syndrome) I am 38.

You can but... It's ok for you to get a flu shot but research shows they are surprisingly ineffective. Quoting the cochrane collaboration's research review "influenza vaccines have a modest effect in reducing influenza symptoms and working days lost. There is no evidence that they affect complications, such as pneumonia, or transmission."see http://bit.Ly/1f13fuk ; http://nyti.Ms/16qehvo ; http://bit.Ly/18hqmig. Read more...
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...

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?

Maybe. It would probably be safe to take an 81mg aspirin. However, it is more important during a long flight to ensure blood circulation by walking or otherwise exercising at least every few hours during the flight. Read more...
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...