Medical Definition of Aspirin resistance

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Reviewed on 10/30/2018

Aspirin resistance: 1. The inability of aspirin to protect a person from cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes. This has been called clinical aspirin resistance.

2. The inability of aspirin to produce an anticipated effect on one or more tests of platelet function. This has been called biochemical aspirin resistance, although the tests are not all truly biochemical in nature.

See: Biochemical aspirin resistance; Clinical aspirin resistance.

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Reviewed on 10/30/2018