Bayer Aspirin™ for Heart Attack Prevention

Protecting Heart Health

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Heart attacks and strokes often come as a surprise. But with the help of decades of scientific innovation, we can help reduce the risk of these life-threatening emergencies.


Heart attack and stroke victims can’t help but feel shaken. These events frighten loved ones and put us in a position of uncertainty. In that moment, we turn to trusted and proven science for help.


Science tells us that heart attacks and ischemic strokes (the most common type of stroke, caused by a blood blockage in the brain) can be prevented, and when it comes to helping prevent these cardiovascular events, acetylsalicylic acid is the gold standard.


Bayer invented acetylsalicylic acid, the active ingredient in Aspirin™, more than 120 years ago. And clinical studies and cardiovascular professionals continue to celebrate its lifesaving benefits.


Usage guidelines for Aspirin™ vary from country-to-country. In more than 50 countries, low-dose regimens are approved by health authorities for preventing a first cardiovascular event (primary prevention) in appropriate patients. 


Low-dose Aspirin™ is the established standard of care approved by regulatory authorities around the world to help prevent recurrent heart attacks and ischemic strokes (secondary prevention), including the United States. Aspirin™ is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to a doctor before you begin a regimen.


This time-tested drug can also help save lives if taken during a suspected heart attack. If you think you are having a heart attack, immediately call emergency services and chew or crush and swallow Aspirin™, as directed by a doctor.

A Brief History of The Wonder Drug™


From the time acetylsalicylic acid was first synthesized in a pure and stable form in 1897 by Dr. Felix Hoffmann, Aspirin™ has remained an important medication for patients worldwide.


Because of its remarkable history, Aspirin™ is included in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C., and the World Health Organization has included acetylsalicylic acid in their list of essential medicines. At the same time, acetylsalicylic acid continues to play a key role in modern research. Every year, acetylsalicylic acid is the subject of an estimated 1,500 published scientific studies.


Today, Aspirin™ is sold in over 140 countries, encompassing Aspirin™ Complex, Aspirin™ Plus C, and Aspirin™ Cardio


When it comes to life-threatening cardiovascular emergencies, the world turns to the proven science of Aspirin™.


This site is intended to provide information to an international audience. Not all products discussed on this site may be available in your country and local prescribing information and approved indications may differ from country to country.