Blood clots can block blood vessels. Aspirin can help prevent blood clots from forming or help dissolve blood clots that have formed. Following a heart attack, continued use of aspirin may help reduce the risk of another heart attack.
Why this is important:
Taking aspirin may help prevent further heart attacks but, taking aspirin can have side effects like stomach inflammation, bleeding, or allergic reactions. Talk to your healthcare provider before using aspirin on a regular basis to ensure that it's safe for you.
The chart above shows the percentage of heart attack patients that were given aspirin before, or when, they were discharged from the hospital.