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Old 06-03-04, 01:53 PM   #1
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I take a daily regimine of 2, 81mg tablets of aspirin a day. It is to help protect my heart. Don't have any heart problems but I do it just in case & my Dr. suggested it.

Since aspirin is a blood thinner do you think it helps while riding & doing other exercises?

Just curious.
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Old 06-03-04, 05:50 PM   #2
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Just curious, why 2 aspirin? Most MDs I know recommend one 81 mg aspirin.
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Just curious, why 2 aspirin? Most MDs I know recommend one 81 mg aspirin.
I imagine that it is realated to how much a person weighs.
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That does seem like quite a bit to be taking every day. No, thin blood won't improve your riding. However, riding will help your heart and circulation!

If you start bruising easily, consider it a danger sign... too much aspirin.
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I imagine that it is realated to how much a person weighs.
Actually that is exactly why I take 2. Because I am over weight I need to take more then one for it to be affective. As a pain reliever the dosage is 5 to 8 tablets up to 5 times a day. I'm only taking 2 once a day. I use either or both Advil & Tylenol as a pain reliever, only when needed & never more then recommended dosage.
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Just remember if you crash or fall you will bleed a lot more , not good if you are seriously injured !
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Actually that is exactly why I take 2. Because I am over weight I need to take more then one for it to be affective. As a pain reliever the dosage is 5 to 8 tablets up to 5 times a day. I'm only taking 2 once a day. I use either or both Advil & Tylenol as a pain reliever, only when needed & never more then recommended dosage.

And remember a regular aspirin is usually 325 mg, if memory serves me right. That is 4 times the amount that you are taking.

And from what I understand from my doctor, all the NSAIDs have some blood thinning ability.

your dose seems pretty minimal, though; maybe your doctor would have some info on this?
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My father did this, but then later on his Dr. teased him mercilessly about it. Self-dosing (based on reading, or what one's heard) isn't always a wise thing-- there are physical make-ups that benefit from the "baby" aspirin, and those that don't or shouldn't have it.
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Like others have said there are drawbacks to taking aspirin. Younger patients for heart vavle surgery routinely accept tissue valves versus mechanical valves. Mechanical vlaves require anti-coaggulation which in turn increases a patients risk for bleeding and possibly death. The risk for death is due to bleeding out.

Each person is different therefore you have to weight your individual needs and desires. I dont understand why people with no coronary disease take aspirin. It makes no sense to me.

Remember, asprin doesnt 'thin' your blood. Its just as 'thick' as before the aspirin. Aspirin simply inteferes with the stickiness of the platelets.

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