Aspirin is frequently called the “wonder drug” because of its many beneficial properties. One of the most amazing effects of aspirin is that it makes blood platelets less sticky, which can prevent blood clots from forming. If blood clots cannot form within the arteries, blood flows more freely, and the risk of heart attack and stroke is reduced.
More than 43 million people in the U.S. take aspirin every day to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. However, research has demonstrated that up to 25 percent of these individuals may not benefit from the anti-clotting effect of aspirin, and are more than three times more likely to die from a heart attack or stroke.
Aspirin does not have the same effect on everyone. The suboptimal response to aspirin by an individual is commonly known as “aspirin resistance.” Since these individuals are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, doctors are beginning to recognize the importance of testing for aspirin effect.
Until recently, there was no quick, accurate and effective way to be tested for aspirin effect. Now, with the FDA-cleared AspirinWorks Test, you and your doctor can be sure you are getting the desired effect from your aspirin with a simple urine test. The AspirinWorks Test is FDA cleared for use in apparently healthy individuals, and urine samples can be collected in your doctor’s office or even in the privacy of your home.