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Can Aspirin Reduce Your Risk for Heart Attack or Stroke?

03/02/2015

Most heart attacks and strokes occur when blood flow to the heart or brain is interrupted. This is most frequently caused by a blood clot that blocks a blood vessel feeding these organs. Aspirin is thought to help prevent and manage heart disease and stroke by helping to prevent blood clots from forming by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins in the blood.

Individuals who may benefit most from aspirin therapy include those who have had a heart attack, stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA); have coronary artery disease; and/or have had an angioplasty or stent, or had bypass surgery.

Aspirin therapy does not come without risks. Individuals who drink alcohol regularly, have ulcers or bleeding problems, take other pain medications, or have an aspirin allergy or intolerance are at risk for developing side effects. Side effects may be severe, so be sure to discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor prior to use.

For more information about aspirin, talk to your pharmacist. Pharmacists at Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacies at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, Livingston; Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville; Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City; Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch; Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark; and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston are also available to answer any questions you may have. To speak to a pharmacist at any of these locations, call:

  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center: 973-322-7315
  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Clara Maass Medical Center: 973-450-2581
  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Jersey City Medical Center: 201-915-2166
  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Monmouth Medical Center: 732-923-6111
  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center: 973-926-7422
  • Barnabas Health Retail Pharmacy at Saint Barnabas Medical Center: 973-322-2445
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