Boots WebMD Partners in Health
Return To Boots

Heart disease health centre

Aspirin

BMJ Group Medical Reference

Aspirin helps to prevent blood clots. Cells in your blood called platelets help your blood to clot by sticking together. Aspirin makes these cells less sticky and helps to prevent blood clots. [56]

We're not certain how good aspirin is at preventing strokes for people with atrial fibrillation. For people at a high risk of a stroke, aspirin doesn't seem to be as good as the drugs dabigatran or warfarin. [49] [57] [58] [51]

Aspirin is sometimes used as an alternative for people who can't take warfarin, dabigatran or rivaroxaban. It's also used for people who have a lower risk of a stroke. [59]

Glossary

platelets

Platelets are small disc-shaped particles found in your blood (along with red blood cells and white blood cells). Platelets form the clots that stop the bleeding when you've been cut. People who don't have enough platelets have problems with bleeding too much.

For more terms related to Atrial fibrillation

Citations

For references related to Atrial fibrillation click here.
Last Updated: January 18, 2013
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.

Popular Slideshows & Tools on Boots WebMD

woman looking at pregnancy test
Early pregnancy symptoms
humbug hard candies
Diarrhoea & more
donut on plate
The truth about sugar addiction
cute dog
10 common allergy triggers
couple watching sunset
How much do you know?
hand extinguishing cigarette
13 best tips to stop smoking
assorted spices
Pump up the flavour with spices
crossword puzzle
Help for the first hard days
bag of crisps
Food cravings that wreck your diet
adult man contemplating
Visual guide to BPH
polka dot dress on hangar
Lose weight without dieting