Advertisement

Should someone on Coumadin take aspirin during a heart attack?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Yes. Aspirin and warfarin (Coumadin) work in different ways on the clotting cascade. Warfarin makes the blood take longer to clot, but the blood will still clot. When someone is having a heart attack, it means they are most likely clotting off an artery that supplies the heart muscle with blood. Aspirin directly affects the platelets ability to "clump" and cause a clot. Aspirin should still be given if a person on warfarin is suspected of having a heart attack.

Continue Learning about Anticoagulant

what should i tell my doctor before getting anticoagulant injections ?
Intermountain HealthcareIntermountain Healthcare
Before you begin anticoagulant injections, tell your doctor if you:       • have bleeding problem...
More Answers
how are anticoagulants used ?
RealAgeRealAge
Anticoagulants are medications that inhibit blood clotting. While they cannot dissolve an existing c...
More Answers
how can anticoagulants affect oral surgery ?
American Dental AssociationAmerican Dental Association
Reduced blood clotting is a side effect of aspirins and anticoagulants, such as heparin or warfa...
More Answers
who should take an anticoagulant ?
Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family MedicineUniv. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
People who should regularly take an anticoagulant, or blood thinner, include those who have had a DV...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.