HOW ASPIRIN COULD HELP SAVE YOUR LIFE DURING A SUSPECTED HEART ATTACK

Find out why aspirin works, what aspirin does, and how aspirin can help save your life during a suspected heart attack.

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HOW DOES ASPIRIN WORK TO HELP KEEP BLOOD FLOWING?

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It Starts with Platelets

Platelets are cell fragments in your blood stream that produce a sticky substance so that when you get a cut, they stick together – or clot. This clotting action happens when the sticky substances produced by platelets form a kind of “mesh.”

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Platelets Make Blood Clot

Platelets act like a dam along the place you’re injured in order to stop the bleeding. But sometimes clots can form within your blood vessels, too. This kind of clotting action may happen because your platelets stick to other artery-blocking substances, restricting blood flow.

Aspirin Inhibits Blood Clots

Aspirin Inhibits Blood Clots

Aspirin works on platelets by stopping their clotting action. Since blood clots can block the arteries that supply blood to your heart, the anti-clotting action of aspirin means blood can flow more easily while you seek further medical help to take care of the blockage. Since maintaining blood flow is important, sometimes doctors recommend an aspirin regimen for heart attack survivors to help prevent another heart attack from happening.

Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.

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THERE’S A

HEART ATTACK

IN THE U.S.

EVERY 42 SECONDS.

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HEART DISEASE

IS THE LEADING

CAUSE OF DEATH

FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN.

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ABOUT 27% OF

HEART ATTACKS

HAPPEN TO PEOPLE

WHO’VE ALREADY HAD ONE.

HEART ATTACK SURVIVOR STORIES

Aspirin regimen products for recurrent heart attack prevention

Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.

This tool is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide a medical diagnosis, medical advice, or medical treatment. Contact your healthcare provider after using the tool to discuss your heart health or if you have any health concerns.

Estimated risk of a cardiovascular event, specifically, the risk of a heart attack (myocardial infarction or MI) or stroke in the next five years.