For years, physicians have prescribed aspirin to those with a high risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. This category is generally men and women over the age of 50. Heart attacks and strokes happen when the supply of blood to areas of the heart, or brain, is cut off. The obstruction in the artery can be a blockage, bubble, or buildup of substances formed within the body. Aspirin thins the blood, which then flows through the arteries easier. This symptom reduces the risk of blockages and therefore, heart attack or stroke.
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