15 Things You Can Do to Avoid a Heart Attack
7. Start a Daily Aspirin Regimen
Fatty deposits in your arteries can burst. This can lead to the formation of blood clots. These clots can block the artery and restrict blood flow to the heart, which can cause a heart attack. Aspirin prevents platelets in the blood from clumping together and can reduce the risk of blood clots. Low-dose aspirin therapy is typically recommended for the following individuals:
• Individuals with a history of heart attack or stroke.
• Individuals at high risk for heart attack.
• Individuals who have had coronary stents, bypass, or angina.
• Individuals with diabetes and other cardiovascular risk factors, including high blood pressure or smoking.
Due to the likelihood of bleeding and other complications, you should not start an aspirin therapy regimen without first consulting your doctor.