Aspirin Therapy

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Q:

I have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease with elevated cholesterol, slightly high blood pressure and angina. I’ve had the treadmill stress test, echocardiogram and ekg. I have an MET level of 8. I am taking metoprolol (100mg time release), Lipitor (10mg) and low-dose aspirin. The doctor told me to take 2 aspirin tablets daily. Would this be most effective taken at one time or one in the morning and the other later in the day? Thanks.

A:

Is that the only treatment? You haven’t told me about your symptoms, but I assume you what is called “stable angina”. Treatment for that condition includes more than Beta blockers (Metoprolol) and an anti-platelet drug (such as aspirin). In general, a Baby aspirin (60 mGm) daily is enough to achieve that, thus I don’t quite know why your doctor prescribed two tablets. Apart from that I would recommend that you use it twice daily after Breakfast and dinner.
You can read more here about treatment for coronary artery disease here:
http://www.cardiac-risk-assessment.com/heart-disease-treatment/heart-disease-med
http://www.cardiac-risk-assessment.com/heart-disease-treatment/what-you-can-do
http://www.cardiac-risk-assessment.com/heart-disease-treatment/diet-exercise-dis
http://www.cardiac-risk-assessment.com/risks-benefits/cardiovascular-risk
http://www.cardiac-risk-assessment.com/app/
Hope this helps,
Dr T
http://www.cardiac-risk-assessment.com/

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