Everyday uses include relieving headache, reducing swelling, and reducing a fever. Taken daily, aspirin can lower the risk of cardiovascular events, such as a heart attack or stroke, in people with a high risk.
In people who have had a heart attack or stroke, the reduction in risk of another heart attack or stroke are large enough that taking low-dose aspirin is the right choice for almost all patients.
Aspirin prevents blood clots from forming. It may be helpful in the event of a heart attack, and it also prevents heart attacks.
While daily aspirin can help prevent a clot-related stroke, it may increase the risk of a bleeding stroke (hemorrhagic stroke). Gastrointestinal bleeding. Daily aspirin use increases the risk of developing a stomach ulcer.
Assess patient for signs of bleeding (petechiae, ecchymosis, bloody or black stools, bleeding gums). Drink adequate fluids while taking aspirin. Advise patient to avoid alcohol when prescribed high doses of aspirin. Baby aspirin is preferred for acute or prophylactic management of heart disease