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Can aspirin help prevent strokes?

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A low-dose aspirin every day may help prevent strokes and heart attacks. It acts as blood thinner, preventing blood clots from forming in arteries partly blocked by cholesterol and plaque. It’s not for everyone, though, so don’t start taking aspirin without talking to your doctor first.

From: What Can Help Prevent a Stroke? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Stroke Association: “Impact of Stroke (Stroke Statistics),” “Hemorrhagic Strokes (Bleeds).” 

CDC: “Preventing Stroke: Healthy Living,” “About Stroke,” “Family History and Other Characteristics That Increase Risk for Stroke,” “Smoking and Heart Disease and Stroke,” “Behaviors That Increase Risk for Stroke,” “Preventing Stroke: What You Can Do.”

National Stroke Association: “High Blood Pressure and Stroke,” “Lifestyle Risk Factors,” “Diabetes and Stroke,” “Cholesterol and Stroke,” “Stroke and Sleep Disorders,” “Preventing Another Stroke.”

Harvard Medical School: “Stroke Risk When You Have Atrial Fibrillation,” “Why You Should Keep Tabs on Your Drinking.”

American Heart Association: “Treatment and Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation,” “What are the Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?”

Journal of the American Heart Association: “Alcohol Consumption, Left Atrial Diameter, and Atrial Fibrillation.”

Stroke Association (UK): “Exercise and Stroke.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Eating Well After a Stroke.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Aspirin to Prevent a First Heart Attack or Stroke,” “What Causes Atrial Fibrillation?”

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: “The Nutrition Source.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 31, 2017

SOURCES:

American Stroke Association: “Impact of Stroke (Stroke Statistics),” “Hemorrhagic Strokes (Bleeds).” 

CDC: “Preventing Stroke: Healthy Living,” “About Stroke,” “Family History and Other Characteristics That Increase Risk for Stroke,” “Smoking and Heart Disease and Stroke,” “Behaviors That Increase Risk for Stroke,” “Preventing Stroke: What You Can Do.”

National Stroke Association: “High Blood Pressure and Stroke,” “Lifestyle Risk Factors,” “Diabetes and Stroke,” “Cholesterol and Stroke,” “Stroke and Sleep Disorders,” “Preventing Another Stroke.”

Harvard Medical School: “Stroke Risk When You Have Atrial Fibrillation,” “Why You Should Keep Tabs on Your Drinking.”

American Heart Association: “Treatment and Prevention of Atrial Fibrillation,” “What are the Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?”

Journal of the American Heart Association: “Alcohol Consumption, Left Atrial Diameter, and Atrial Fibrillation.”

Stroke Association (UK): “Exercise and Stroke.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Eating Well After a Stroke.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Aspirin to Prevent a First Heart Attack or Stroke,” “What Causes Atrial Fibrillation?”

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: “The Nutrition Source.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 31, 2017

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