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Old 03-19-2016, 05:27 PM
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I read an article online that says everyone over 40 could benefit fro taking a low dose aspirin every day. Having recently turned 45 I have found myself thinking about things like long term health.

I've heard that aspirin is good for people who have had a heart attack but the article said that it might prevent a heart attack.

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My doctor started me on it at age 45. I'd listen to him if I was you.
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I've taken the aspirin since about age 45 and continue at 67. I had a valve replacement about 8 years ago.
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I taken low dose for several years. I have high cholesterol (that I'm working on) and have a history of heart disease in my family. I've read more positives than negatives so for me it's worth it.
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Been on low dose aspirin since last September. Only thing I've seen on the negative side is, if I even get a scratch, I bleed like crazy, and it takes a while to stop.
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You don't need it if you eat properly. If you have a poor diet then it might be a good idea.
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Well, for whatever it's worth, I'm almost 76, I've taken a low dose aspirin daily for around 15 years and I'm still alive. As I understand it, the aspirin is a mild blood thinner, which reduces the possibility of a stroke. But, as Freebird points out, if you have a cut, etc., you bleed a bit more. On the other hand, the family doctor told my wife that, since she had no heart issues, she didn't need to bother with the aspirin therapy. Everything has pluses and minuses associated with it and no drug is without its side effects. "You pays your money and you takes your choice"!
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You don't need it if you eat properly. If you have a poor diet then it might be a good idea.
How do you figure that?

If the guy's doctor tells him to take aspirin, he should. End of story.
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I have been taking one since about age 43 (7 years) when severe RA put me in the hospital. It was not to help my RA but for my heart. My family has a history of heart issues.
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Originally Posted by reel dawg View Post
Well, for whatever it's worth, I'm almost 76, I've taken a low dose aspirin daily for around 15 years and I'm still alive. As I understand it, the aspirin is a mild blood thinner, which reduces the possibility of a stroke. But, as Freebird points out, if you have a cut, etc., you bleed a bit more. On the other hand, the family doctor told my wife that, since she had no heart issues, she didn't need to bother with the aspirin therapy. Everything has pluses and minuses associated with it and no drug is without its side effects. "You pays your money and you takes your choice"!
I ended up having a stent due to a blocked artery. That's when they started me on aspirin. Never had the first sign of any problems until I started running out of steam easily a few days earlier. Went to my doctor who recommended a nuclear stress test which revealed the problem. Never had a heart attack, but given the blockage was in the ole "widowmaker", I guess I got lucky.
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Originally Posted by Jonesy23 View Post
You don't need it if you eat properly. If you have a poor diet then it might be a good idea.
Do you have a medical degree ? My cardiologist put me on it 10 years ago. He does have a medical degree.
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I"m 65 and have taken one for 15 years. Dad had a stroke at 62 and my youngest sister had one at 60. Just playing it safe. No issues so far.

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I'm 59 and on my second year of taking one every morning along with a few others pills plus 2000iu of vitamin D.



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Originally Posted by reel dawg View Post
Well, for whatever it's worth, I'm almost 76, I've taken a low dose aspirin daily for around 15 years and I'm still alive. As I understand it, the aspirin is a mild blood thinner, which reduces the possibility of a stroke. But, as Freebird points out, if you have a cut, etc., you bleed a bit more. On the other hand, the family doctor told my wife that, since she had no heart issues, she didn't need to bother with the aspirin therapy. Everything has pluses and minuses associated with it and no drug is without its side effects. "You pays your money and you takes your choice"!


Not a blood thinner but an anticoagulant. It makes the blood cells slick so they don't stick to each other reducing the chance of a blood clot. As mentioned, the side effect being if you get cut you tend to bleed more due to the lack of the clotting mechanism.
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I'm 59, no heart problems, pretty active, do crossfit 3 or 4 times a week to hopefully prevent any problems, but read a similar article about the benefits of daily aspirin so I said why not. I take it with my daily vitamin. Hopefully I'll get a benefit even if it's all mental. Like others I noticed a bit of a difference if I get a small cut or scratch. Not a big deal.
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Went to the doctor for the first time in over 10 years and he put me on it. I'm only 34. Family history...
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So all you guys that take it have come to the conclusion that your body is broken and so is everyone's else and that to live a full life as God or nature designed it you must take a pill.
Water also thins the blood.
I'm curious as to what has happened in your body that your body is no longer able to control your bloods proper viscosity.
Allopathic reductionism is only one type of medicine, I prefer to follow the advice of the Wholistic MD's. Take your pills if you feel it's necessary, it's your body.
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Originally Posted by Jonesy23 View Post
So all you guys that take it have come to the conclusion that your body is broken and so is everyone's else and that to live a full life as God or nature designed it you must take a pill.
Water also thins the blood.
I'm curious as to what has happened in your body that your body is no longer able to control your bloods proper viscosity.
Allopathic reductionism is only one type of medicine, I prefer to follow the advice of the Wholistic MD's. Take your pills if you feel it's necessary, it's your body.
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As a 6 year prostate cancer survivor I read that low dose aspirin "may" reduce the chances of a recurrence. My urologist says that it "may" be true and says no harm in using it so I now do.
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Originally Posted by Jonesy23 View Post
So all you guys that take it have come to the conclusion that your body is broken and so is everyone's else and that to live a full life as God or nature designed it you must take a pill.
Water also thins the blood.
I'm curious as to what has happened in your body that your body is no longer able to control your bloods proper viscosity.
Allopathic reductionism is only one type of medicine, I prefer to follow the advice of the Wholistic MD's. Take your pills if you feel it's necessary, it's your body.

While I will agree many of today's doctors like to give you a pill and for minor issues using a holistic approach might be ok. If it is your approach to use holistic approach for serious issues too, you would be the one saying your mind is broke..
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