Learning About The Value of Aspirin Therapy

Learning About The Value of Aspirin Therapy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPeople with diabetes have a greater chance of dying from complications of cardiovascular disease. Commonly called diabetes heart disease. Diabetes heart disease may include heart failure, coronary heart disease, and diabetic cardiomyopathy. High blood glucose is one of the risk factors. To keep blood glucose under control is paramount in keeping complications minimized and to keep the blood flowing unrestricted is another preventative therapy. This includes taking antilipidemia drugs (such as Lipitor) to prevent atherosclerosis (narrowing of artery vessels) and antiplatelet agents. Antiplatelet agents such as aspirin at a low-dose is highly recommended for use in diabetes patients as a secondary prevention for cardiac diseases if no contraindications exist.

Studies have shown that in the United States more than 50% of eligible diabetes patients are not taking a low-dose aspirin. The net result of not taking a low-dose aspirin could accelerate the complication-related death in diabetes patients. If you’re not taking aspirin make sure to discuss the subject with your primary doctor. If you don’t have bleeding problem aspirin is considered as one of the safest drugs thus far.

Best way to describe how Aspirin works in our body is: imagine your blood vessels are garden hoses. over the years the inside wall of the garden hose has accumulated calcium-bumps (atherosclerosis deposits) which restricts the flow. Platelets in the blood are repairing agent designed to stop bleeding from the blood vessel. It sees the calcium deposits, mistaken it as bleeding and tries to repair and this further restricts blood vessel. Aspirin blocks the production of Thromboxane which causes platelets to stick and form clots inside arteries. Another hidden value of aspirin is its anti-inflammatory effects. Many clinicians will tell you inflammation exists in the development of cardiovascular disease.

81 mg of aspirin is the dose normally recommended by physicians. For those patients who have stomach problems other than bleeding may want to consider enteric-coated aspirin. It dissolves in the intestine bypassing the stomach. Best time to take aspirin is anytime of the day if you forget.
However, take it with breakfast is optimum because it helps you to remember.

Another benefit: According to a recent Yale study, low-dose aspirin help reduced pancreatic cancer risk by 48%. This study concluded result by analyzing associations between pancreatic cancer and past aspirin use.

Brought to You By:
Charles H. Liu
DDP Medical Writer on Staff

Charles H. Liu, R. Ph, MBA

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