why take an aspirin for a heart attack

Aspirin has been used as a pain reliever for more than 100 years. Since the 1970s, it’s also been used to prevent and manage heart disease and stroke. In fact, a low-dose aspirin each day for at least 10 years can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease by as much as 10%.

Aspirin can greatly reduce the damage to your heart during a heart attack.
It can help prevent future heart problems after a heart attack.
It can reduce your risk of stroke.

People with coronary artery disease or atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
Those who have had a heart attack
People who have had bypass surgery, angioplasty or stent placement to treat heart disease
Folks who have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or ischemic stroke