According to the American Heart Association, more than 1 million Americans experience new or recurrent heart attacks each year. At-risk individuals are candidates for aspirin therapy and should be tested for the presence or absence of the therapy’s effect.

When prescribing blood pressure or cholesterol medication, doctors routinely check the patient’s blood pressure or cholesterol to make sure the patient is getting the right dose of medication to protect the patient. Just like any drug, it is vitally important to know if the dose of aspirin you’re taking is effective.

If your test results do not demonstrate an aspirin effect, it’s time to discuss the matter with your doctor.

Ideally, patients should be on the lowest possible dose of aspirin that’s effective. As with other medications and conditions, your doctor will likely review your medical history to make sure that there aren’t some other underlying causes (like high cholesterol) that could be affecting your aspirin response. Even something as simple as not taking your aspirin regularly or getting your aspirin mixed up with another drug can lead to aspirin non-response.

Now, when prescribing aspirin to help prevent a heart attack, your doctor can measure its effect by using the AspirinWorks Test. Your doctor can then decide to increase or decrease your aspirin dose or if additional medication is needed.