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Does an Aspirin a Day keep the Stroke away



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It's been proven that an 81mg of aspirin a day helps to keep down heart attacks and strokes. It can sometimes save your life.

In some cases, it won't work. I take 325 mg of Aspirin a day, and Plavix , which is a blood thinner. I went to bed the night of Dec 29th 2008, and woke up around 4:30am having a stroke. I was never so scared in my life. I had lost the use of my right side.

If it had been my heart, I wouldn't have even questioned it, but a stroke? I'm right handed, so it was a struggle to call 911, but I got it done and they were soon there. I don't remember a whole lot of what was going on in ER, but I was flown to Swedish hospital in Denver Colorado.

Aspirin does work. Most people don't have to take as much as I do, because it's for precautionary measures. I have had three arteries in my heart opened and because of aspirin, they are all still open. The last two were opened five years ago, and I have done well. On my last cardiology check-up, the Doctor told me I could cut down to 81 mg a day now. Do you know how wonderful that sounded to me?

A friend of mine came up to me the other day in the grocery store and said he knew about my heart condition. He had just been in for a check up and at his age, the doctor wanted him to start taking 81 mg of aspirin a day. He wanted to know if this was the right thing to do. Apparently he doesn't like taking medication. I told him that it was definitely not going to hurt him, and might wind up saving his life one day.

A lot of people have to get the enteric coated aspirin because aspirin has a tendency to mess up your stomach. It can cause an ulcer to bleed because it is a blood thinner. 81 mg is not strong enough to cause you to bleed out, but it can cause some stomach distress.

Bear with me on this article. It's the first article I have written since my stroke. My mind is still off balance part of the time, and it's been a long six months.

Even if you're not on aspirin at this time, if you start having chest pain, or heaviness in your chest, radiating up into your left arm, it would be a good time to take an aspirin. When you get to the hospital, they will give you four 81 mg totaling up to 324 mg to help your heart. anyway. They also usually give you a nitroglycerin tablet .

Talk to your doctor and see if he wants you to start an aspirin regimine. Like I said, it won't hurt you but it could save your life. I would hate to think where I would be if I hadn't been on that much aspirin the night I had the stroke. Don't take chances with your life. A stroke can turn your whole life upside down, and a heart attack can kill you. A bad enough stroke just makes you wish you were dead.

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