Stroke: Aspirin can prevent a severe stroke

Study: People should take aspirin immediately if signs of stroke occur
Stroke can be life-threatening. Researchers have now found that people who have suffered a slight stroke or notice the signs of a stroke should aspirin as quickly as possible. By taking the drug, the risk of a severe stroke is reduced.

Scientists from Oxford University now found in an investigation that aspirin can prevent people with a slight stroke or signs of a severe stroke. The physicians published the results of their study in the specialist magazine "The Lancet".

Aspirin is often used for mild pain. Many people take the medication for headaches, for example. But the medicine can do even more. Researchers have now found that aspirin can avoid severe snakes.(Photo: Photographee.eu/fotolia.com) Aspirin is often used for mild pain. Many people take the medication for headaches, for example. But the medicine can do even more. Researchers have now found that aspirin can avoid severe snakes.(Image: Photographee.eu/fotolia.com)

Aspirin reduces the formation of blood clots
A severe stroke can have dramatic consequences. Affected persons may then suffer from a disability or even die. Thus, researchers are looking for ways to prevent a severe stroke before this occurrence occurs. Aspirin seems to be able to handle this task extremely effectively. The blood thinning drug has already been given to people who have suffered a transient ischemic attack( TIA) or a "mini stroke", but only after they were examined in the hospital, the authors of the study explain. The researchers assume that aspirin reduces the risk of stroke by about 15 percent by helping to reduce the formation of blood clots through blood dilution.

Immediate aspirin use reduces the risk of severe stroke by up to 80%
The most effective treatment is to take it as soon as possible. The use of aspirin can reduce the risk of a severe stroke by as much as 80% as soon as possible after occurring warning signs, the experts explain. Thus, immediate self-treatment with aspirin may save the life of the person concerned. The results of the study show that aspirin is an important component in the prevention of severe stroke, says Prof. Peter Rothwell from Oxford University. Immediate treatment with aspirin could significantly reduce the risk and severity of re-stroke. This finding has implications for physicians who should promptly administer aspirin if a TIA or mild stroke is suspected rather than waiting for expert opinions and examinations, as the physician adds.

Study Examines Data from 56,000 Stroke Patients
The researchers analyzed the data from 15 aspirin studies for their study. More than 56,000 stroke patients had taken part in this study, the scientists say. The physicians were able to conclude that in the first few weeks after a light stroke, almost all users of aspirin benefited from the reduced probability of a severe stroke. Unfortunately, many sufferers also do not seek medical attention after they have experienced signs of a slight stroke. Or the patients delay their doctor's visit for a few days, the researchers explain. It is especially important for such people to reduce aspirin risk of severe stroke. Nevertheless, such diseases remain a medical emergency and must always be handled by experts. People should be generally encouraged to take aspirin if they feel they have signs of a TIA or light stroke, the authors explain. The intake can significantly improve the situation, especially if urgent medical assistance is not available, Prof. Rothwell adds. For the symptoms of a stroke, you should take a dose of 300 mg aspirin and wait for medical help, the medical professionals advise.(as)

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