The common cause of heart attacks and ischemic strokes is a shortage of blood supply to the heart or brain. Blood supply blockages are typically the result of fatty plaque accumulating in the lining of an artery. As this plaque accumulates, your blood flow can slow or even stop, causing a blood clot. A heart attack can occur when a blood clot blocks in an artery leading to your heart. An ischemic stroke can occur when a blood clot blocks an artery leading to your brain.
The aspirin in Ecotrin® is a blood thinner and helps to prevent blood clots from forming, which may help prevent a heart attack or ischemic stroke.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of aspirin to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes in adults who have had a heart attack or ischemic stroke or who have angina. Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen, particularly if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- You have had a heart attack
- You have had an ischemic stroke or a mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack)
- You have angina
- You have had certain heart procedures, such as angioplasty or a bypass operation
Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to you doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.