Aspirin is used to treat mild to moderate pain, fever or inflammation. It is sometimes used to treat or prevent heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases. Recent studies concluded that taking aspirin could even fight cancer.

Aspirin reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes by preventing clot formation in the blood vessel wall.

Most common side effect of aspirin is abdominal pain by irritation of the gastric mucosa. Aspirin can cause gastrointestinal bleeding, which found one case per 1000 patients treated for one year and between one and two percent of the population is allergic to aspirin.

Other possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, heartburn, hives, rash, swelling, wheezing, hoarseness, tachycardia, cold sweating, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, vomiting blood and blood in stool.

Many people take aspirin daily to prevent heart attacks, but you should never start taking aspirin daily on our own, there is always that you have to see a doctor. We should not stop taking aspirin, if prescribed by a doctor, because interrupt this treatment can have a rebound effect increasing your risk of heart attack.

Should I take an aspirin if I think I'm having a heart attack?

The first is to call the 112 emergency phone operator and will tell you what to do and, if necessary, will send a medicalized ambulance.

Aspirin is a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID). Other NSAIDs are ibuprofen and naproxen. Aspirin is an NSAID special because it is the only thing that inhibits blood clotting for a fairly long period between 4 and 7 days.

If you regularly take aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke, do not take other NSAIDs to treat pain or fever without checking with your doctor.

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