Will Aspirin Work For You?

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Filed Under: Heart Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Though many doctors and holistic health practitioners recommend aspirin to patients with cardiovascular problems, there is much debate about the most effective minimum dosage. For example, does a patient need one low-dose aspirin (81 mg), two low-dose aspirins, or one full-dose aspirin (325 mg)?

This confusion comes out of research suggesting that not all patients respond to aspirin in the same way. In fact, some patients don’t respond to aspirin at all. They’re called “aspirin resistant.”  

These challenges may now be overcome with a new test called AspirinWorks. A simple urine sample can show your doctor whether aspirin therapy is effective for you—as well as what dose you need. This test measures the levels of thromboxane metabolites in your system.

If your test results show a low level of metabolites, it means your prescribed aspirin therapy is working. If your results are higher up the scale, you would likely benefit from increasing your dosage.

If your results are very high, however, and you’re already taking the maximum dosage of aspirin, you are probably aspirin-resistant. In that case, it’s best to stop the daily aspirin and not risk the gastrointestinal side effects.

You can learn more about AspirinWorks by visiting their Web site. There you’ll find information you can share with your doctor or holistic practitioner in the event he or she hasn’t heard about the test.

You can also order the test directly from HealthCheckUSA, but be aware that it is more likely to be covered by insurance if ordered by a physician.

As always, I encourage you to follow what I consider to be the healthiest diet of all, the Pan Asian Modified Mediterranean Diet, exercise regularly, reduce stress, and increase the amount of fun you have each day to keep your heart happy and your entire cardiovascular system in top working condition.
 

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