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This Pill Instantly Stops Blood Clots – Naturally!

By on August 31, 2014
For most people, blood clotting is a normal process, helping stop excess blood loss from a cut or wound. However, when blood clots form in the arteries and cause a blockage, these clots can become life threatening, putting people at risk of a stroke or heart attack.

Now researchers say there’s a simple way to prevent abnormal blood clots: By taking aspirin.

According to the health journal Circulation, people who have abnormal blood clots who take aspirin are 42 percent less likely to develop another clot in the future. Those who skipped a daily aspirin, however, faced a significantly higher risk of additional blood clots, raising their risk of a heart attack.

For study co-author Cecilia Becattini, this news could mean a breakthrough in the way physicians treat blood clots in the future.

“Aspirin does not require laboratory monitoring, and is associated with about a 10-fold lower incidence of bleeding compared with oral anticoagulants,” says Becattini. “We are convinced that it will be an alternative for extended prevention of venous thromboembolism after 6–12 months of anticoagulant treatment.”

According to her research, those who already have blood clots but don’t seek treatment are 10 percent more likely to develop another clot in the next year. That isn’t good, as it also raises the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Moreover, drugs used to combat abnormal blood coagulation have unpleasant side effects, making them less than ideal for treating this condition.

So Becattini decided to find an alternative–and it didn’t take long to find her match. Testing out an aspirin regimen on 1,224 participants with a history of blood clots, she found that regular use of aspirin over a period of two years reduced their risk of getting another blood clot by over 42 percent. Those who skipped a daily aspirin regimen were more likely to develop blood clots, however.

For John Simes, M.D., lead author of the study, these findings are a win win–especially considering aspirin is both cheap and easy to obtain.

“Although less effective, aspirin is inexpensive, easily obtainable, safe and familiar to patients and clinicians worldwide,” says Simes, who is the director of the National Health and Medical Research Council Trials Centre in Australia. ” If cost is the main consideration, aspirin is a particularly useful therapy. The costs of treating future thromboembolic events is greater than the cost of the preventive treatment.”

What This Means For You

So it’s proven: Aspirin could help reduce the risk of blood clots. Simes recommends talking with your doctor before beginning an aspirin regimen, however, as aspirin may cause side effects as well.

“It is not recommended that aspirin be given instead of anticoagulant therapy, but rather be given to patients who are stopping anticoagulant therapy or for whom such treatments are considered unsuitable,” says Simes.

In the meanwhile, if you’re looking for a natural alternative to aspirin, white willow bark could be your ticket, according to health experts. Both white willow bark and aspirin contain the pain reliever salicin–a chemical shown to relieve fever, soreness, and other bodily pains in a relatively natural manner.

Readers: Do you take aspirin? If so, how often do you take it?

Sources:
Study: Regular Aspirin Use Lowers Risk of Blood Clots For Those at RiskScienceDaily.com
Guide to Blood ClotsWebMD.com

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