In the United States, approximately 1.5 million people have heart attacks each year. 500,000 of those die within the first 30 days following the attack. Most deaths occur within the first 24 hours. Coronary heart disease costs the United States more than $60 billion a year in direct care, lost wages, and productivity. It accounts for 43 percent of all deaths, claiming a life every 34 seconds. In this country, about 500,000 stokes occur at an estimated cost of $13-14 billion.
In the 4th century, B.C., Hippocrates, a practicing physician in Greece, used to prescribe salicylic acid which came from the willow bark tree In the 19th century, a German chemist by the name of Hoffman who worked for the Bayer Company modified salicylic acid into acetylsalicylic acid which was shown to reduce pain and inflammation in the body Aspirin works by blocking the production of prostaglandin’s, a substance that promotes the formation of blood clots.
Today, millions of Americans are taking aspirin to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and even certain forms of cancer. In 1993, we took over 30 billion aspirin tablets at a cost of $1 billion.