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How does Aspirin help during a heart attack ?

Commercials for aspirin one chowed a person having a heart attack that reached for their bottle of aspirin and later claimed that taking the drug was partially responsible for saving their life. Aspirin blocks the action of platlets which form blood clots. How does this help during a heart attack ? a. arterial plaques are sites where platelets may stick and cause a blockage and asprin prevents this. b. asprin can help dissolve arterial plaques thus increasing arterial flow. c. aspirin can dissolve blood clots that have already formed elsewhere in the body. d. asprin helps relieve the pain associated with a heart attack
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
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Aspirin simply put makes platelets less sticky(prevents platelet aggregation) this is important during a heart attack when you have narrowing of a blood vessel, some lumina trauma and dont want platelets forming a clot and stopping blood flow.
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