belsadie wrote:I believe aspirin's anticoagulant properties come from its effect on an enzyme that causes the platelets to clump together[forming a clot] I think Aspirin can be advised whenever a 'foreign object' , like an artificial heart valve, hip prosthetic, stent, etc. to avoid clotting . I don't think viscosity,per se, is effected. ASA is not to be taken if any other anticoagulant therapy is administered,, unless ordered that way. Bleeding can be a side effect of that due to the bloods inability to effectively, plug up[clot] any areas of possible leakage into surrounding interstitial spaces [in a timely fashion].
Anticoags slow the clotting time.
I agree with you; aspirin doesn't affect how thick or thin the blood is. In the above Margarita example the only thing aspirin would do is to help with the hang-over after having too much margarita.
Aspirin helps preventing clots against foreign bodies as stents or a disrupted vascular endothelium as from balloon angioplasty or against atherosclerotic plaques. In addition the anticlotting dose is 81 mg./day or less. So if AlmostClever want to test his theory he should take 81 mg enteric coated aspirin for a week and see if he gets the same beneficial effects. Higher dose will induce antiinflammatory effects. Of course if that dose makes anybody feel better then they should continue with it keeping in mind the small risk of internal bleeding.