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Heart Health: Aspirin and Your Heart

 
  An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but what about an aspirin a day?

Taking aspirin every day may reduce your risk of having a heart attack - and over time that may mean fewer visits to your heart doctor.

In your blood are special cells called platelets, which are actually shaped somewhat like a plate! When you get a cut or wound, platelets clump together to form a clot, which stops the bleeding. Clots can also form inside your blood vessels and act like a plug, preventing blood from flowing to and from your heart. Clots that occur in other parts of your body, like your brain or lungs, can also be dangerous.

Aspirin helps prevent blood clots, which is one way to improve your overall heart health. Not everyone needs to take a daily aspirin, however.

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