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Aspirin belongs to a drug class called NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), and has an important inhibitory effect on platelets in the blood. Platelets are needed in order for blood clots to form. Because aspirin inhibits blood clotting, it is used to reduce the risk of recurrent stroke and near-stroke (transient ischemic attack). Aspirin therapy is used to prevent heart attacks and treat heart attacks. Common side effects of aspirin include:

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommendations and guidelines for the use of aspirin therapy and heart disease prevention. Aspirin therapy is used for the treatment and prevention of:

  • Heart attacks
  • Angina
  • Strokes

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Terms related to Aspirin and Antiplatelet Medications:

  • Antiplatelet Medications
  • Aspirin for Angina
  • Aspirin for Heart Attack
  • Aspirin for Ischemic Strokes
  • Aspirin for Strokes
  • Aspirin Therapy