Does aspirin "thin your blood"?

Answers:    Due respect to Unknown. I am suspicious about her credentials as her information is signficantly wrong.

Might I address a few things?

1. Aspirin does nothing to specifically "thin" the blood. The viscosity of blood is identical for those who take aspirin as for those who do not. Aspirin DOES inhibit the aggregation of platelets. This is a covalent bond and therefore an irreversible bond. It is only "reversed" when your body produces more platelets.

2. Aspirin has been shown to reduce the incidence and severity of stroke and myocardial infarctions. Further those who take aspirin has shown lower incidence of colon cancer. It is the easiest and single best thing you can to to reduce your risk for serious vascular events in those have even a single risk factor for cardiovascular disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, family history, diabetes, smoker, and advanced age.

3. Overdoses (due to extreme acid content) of aspirin can be manifested in reduced serum potassium but normal daily doses do not have that risk. (The kidney in an effort to get rid of the acid, looses potassium, with overdose. In normal situations the kidney does not have to resort to spilling potassium in an effort to normalize the bodies pH)

4. The one area of concern is your stomach and small intestine. Some people can have stomach upset and even a bleeding ulcer with the use of daily aspirin. Using 81mg has been shown to afford nearly all of the benefits of 325mg with less risk for GI bleed.

5. Coumadin and aspirin can be tolerated in some particularly high risk patients. This is commonly done in a cardiology practice.

6. A blood test such as PT (pro time, sometime discussed as INR) or PTT (Partial Prothrombin Time) are not changed by use of aspirin. A lab study done less often, template bleed time, can be effected by aspirin, however.

I hope this clears up some of what has been written about aspirin. If you need references on all that I have written above, I would be happy to supply them.

Good luck.
Yes it does.
yes it does thin your blood.
Yes. It's used as a minor anti-coagulant. That's partially why it relieves headaches, because it decreases the amount of pressure in the blood vessels. It's also good for people in danger of heartattacks, because it allows the blood to flow past all the fatty deposits in their arteries.
Indeed it does! In fact, people who take blood thinners such as Coumadin, cannot take aspirin!!
It decreases the amount of platelets. They're involved in clotting, so aspirin is an anticoagulant.

It doesn't actually "thin" anything in the sense of dilution.
Yes.At the same time u have to talk to your Doctor to see if aspirin is OK for u and get your blood check to see if its to thin. Thin blood u can pop a vessel or bleed in the inside. So u want to make sure its good for u. Another thing people don't know is that, Aspirin causes a drop in potassium and other things that u need. I want take aspirin unless my life was depended on it.
Something the people don't know...
Yes. This is why a lot of people with heart conditions who have strokes and such take it on a regular basis in order to insure that their blood keeps from clotting. My grandma used to take an aspirn everyday because her mother died from a stroke and she didn't want it to happen to her. However new research has shown that doing that can cause its own health problems.
Aspirin doesn't actually thin the blood. It reduces platelets which form clots. A side effect of taking aspirin daily is that there is the possibility that you can not get a clot to form if you cut yourself. This is especially true if you are taking other medications that also reduce platelets. You should talk to your doctor before taking an aspirin daily.
Aspirin is an has anti-platelet and analgesic effect. it does not only help eliminate headaches and pains, it can also thin your blood. Aspirin is usually prescribed to people who had a stroke and who had a heart attack.
Prostaglandins cause tiny particles in your blood (known as platelets) to stick together to form a blood clot. By inhibiting prostaglandin production, aspirin slows down clot production. Although this can be bad, such as with a bloody nose -- in which case you want a clot to form -- blood clots can be damaging as well, such as in causing heart attacks by clogging the blood vessels that bring oxygen and energy to the beating heart.

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