Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Should I Continue Daily Aspirin?

Wednesday, 07 Mar 2012 03:07 PM

Question: I’m an 89 year old man and I take an aspirin every day for my heart. A friend told me that it is no longer recommended that we do this. It seems to make sense to me that since aspirin thins the blood it would lessen the risk of heart attack or stroke. My doctor agrees. Do you think I should I keep going with aspirin?


Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Aspirin interferes with your blood's clotting action. Aspirin therapy reduces the clumping action of platelets — possibly preventing heart attack and stroke. You should consider daily aspirin therapy especially if you have had a heart attack or stroke, or you have a high risk of either, with your doctor's approval. And you have it, so, please continue with your aspirin.

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