Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Aspirin Cause Bleeding Risks?

Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 03:19 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: A few months ago, my husband started taking a baby aspirin every day (his father died from a heart attack 20 years ago). But now whenever he cuts himself, he bleeds like crazy. Is this normal? Should he stop taking the aspirin?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
I happen to be a very strong supporter of baby aspirin use as a protective cardiac measure.

Yes, you will bleed slightly longer if you leave the cut unattended as your body's blood-clotting abilities are reduced. But if he provides local pressure, he should bleed no more than usual. Prolonged bleeding may reflect another problem, and he should see his doctor.
 
Perhaps he is taking another agent or chemotherapy that with aspirin prolongs his bleeding time? Sometimes this is seen with fish oil and aspirin. A bleeding time test, and other measures, can be performed to see what is happening with your husbane.

He should ask his doctor if aspirin is advisable for him to use.

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