39 Aspirin For some people who have not had a heart attack or stroke, aspirin may be prescribed to help prevent these conditions from occurring. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that men age 45 to 79 who have no history of heart disease or stroke take aspirin to prevent myocardial infarctions (heart attacks). They also recommend that women age 55 to 79 who have no history of heart disease or stroke take aspirin to prevent stroke (women). In both cases, aspirin should be taken provided the benefit of using aspirin outweighs the potential harm of gastrointestinal hemorrhage or other serious bleeding. Stroke Treatments All health conditions have standards of care. For example, part of the standard treatment for stroke (i.e., a “brain attack,” similar to a heart attack) prevention is medicines such as antiplatelets (aspirin, clopidogrel) and anticoagulants (warfarin, apixaban, dabigatran, rivaroxaban). For people at risk for stroke, a prescription for one or more of these medicines is a distinct possibility. VIDEO Atrial Fibrillation The symptoms of stroke are: ■■ Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body ■■ Sudden confusion, trouble talking, or understanding speech ■■ Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes ■■ Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination ■■ Sudden severe headache with no known cause Stroke can happen to anyone of any age. Stroke is always an emergency, so if you suspect you or someone you are with is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. Every minute counts in stroke treatment.
P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart
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