Aspirin Therapy

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Aspirin is one of the most widely used medical treatments worldwide. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of its uses, and some possible dangers, in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Aspirin has been used for many years to relieve pain, reduce fevers and improve inflammation. Another important effect of aspirin is its ability to make the blood less likely to clot. Aspirin does this by acting on the bloods platelets and interrupting the way the platelets work in the bodys clotting system.

Children should not be given aspirin if they have a viral or flu-like illness because of the risk of developing Reye syndrome.

Women who are pregnant should not take aspirin unless specifically instructed by their doctor.

Aspirin is part of emergency cardiac care and treatment protocols for suspected heart attacks.

Aspirin may be used to treat cerebrovascular disease and to prevent stroke.

Aspirin may be prescribed to persons who have peripheral arterial disease. Keeping the blood less sticky helps prevent clots from forming in small arteries.

Do not begin taking aspirin on your own. Aspirin has risks that must be considered on an individual basis and discussed with your doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.