New research is highlighting yet another benefit of Aspirin. Aside from offering some prevention of heart attacks, researchers say now they believe that a little white pill can reduce the severity of a stroke if taken in time. Specifically, if Aspirin is taken within 48-hours of the onset of stroke symptoms, it can reduce the amount of damage caused by the brain attack and possibly even keep it from being fatal. This comes from a review of studies that looked at the effects of Aspirin and other drugs on stroke outcome.
The research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, and it points to clear benefits in taking Aspirin if the patient is experiencing what is called an Ischemic Stroke. Meaning one that is caused by a clot that travels to the brain. It is unclear whether other anti-platelet drugs have similar benefits because not enough research has been done with drugs other than Aspirin.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the number one cause of disability in this country. The review was conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona.