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Old 02-17-2009, 01:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default If you drink a glass of red wine, do you skip baby aspirin?

Some adults, such as my parents, take baby-aspirin daily, to reduce the chances of getting heart-attack or stroke.... Doesn't red-wine play the same effect? I drink a glass a night...not because I like the taste, but instead as a medicine to put me to sleep.
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A glass of red wine per night does not necessarily work the same way as a baby aspirin per day. The aspirin works more to keep the blood from clotting and the red wine helps cut down on cholesterol build-up. I know of plenty situations were it's perfectly fine to do both but a doctor should always be consulted before making those decisions.
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Default Re: If you drink a glass of red wine, do you skip baby aspirin?

But isn't a blood-clot really a cholesterol build-up?
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Not always. Blood clots can are caused when cells become damaged and need to repair again, and some people blood has poor ability to clot or they clot too easily (caused by certain factors in blood levels). I really don't know how to explain all this but I found a pretty decent web page explaining blood clots.

http://www.medbroadcast.com/condition_i ... ase_id=138
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A blood clot and cholesterol build up (aka plaque) are not the same thing. Cholesterol is a fatty component of the blood that builds up on the walls of the vessel (it may also include calcium and other minerals). A blood clot is made of platelets, fibrin and red blood cells (all components that make up the blood) that are stuck together, they usually form because of damage to the blood vessel or cells getting hung up on plaque.

Think of cholesterol as the build up inside your kitchen sink drain pipe, it's made of grease and maybe some food particles and calcium and iron from hard water. It builds and builds until the pipe gets thinner and thinner and water goes down slower and slower. Now toss something thick and gooey down there, maybe some pasta (aka a blood clot), and boom! a clog forms. In the body when a clog forms, the person usually has a heart attack or stroke.
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A blood clot and cholesterol build up (aka plaque) are not the same thing. Cholesterol is a fatty component of the blood that builds up on the walls of the vessel (it may also include calcium and other minerals). A blood clot is made of platelets, fibrin and red blood cells (all components that make up the blood) that are stuck together, they usually form because of damage to the blood vessel or cells getting hung up on plaque.

Think of cholesterol as the build up inside your kitchen sink drain pipe, it's made of grease and maybe some food particles and calcium and iron from hard water. It builds and builds until the pipe gets thinner and thinner and water goes down slower and slower. Now toss something thick and gooey down there, maybe some pasta (aka a blood clot), and boom! a clog forms. In the body when a clog forms, the person usually has a heart attack or stroke.
MUCH better explanation than I could have ever come up with! I like the 'drain pipe' analogy.
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