For all those millions of people who take aspirin on a regular basis to prevent the formation of blood clots which cause heart attacks and strokes, this piece of news may be of interest.
A new study has revealed that coated aspirin might not have the complete cardiovascular benefit as the uncoated ones, simply because the coated ones take longer to dissolve in the blood stream.
Coated aspirin, good for those with sensitive stomachs, may not be the best bet during medical emergencies, for instance if somebody is having a heart attack.
Chewing on an uncoated aspirin during a heart attack helps in thinning the blood, and this is a good first aid measure before medical help can arrive.
For those who are prescribed aspirin on a regular basis, as a strategy to reduce the risks of heart attack and stroke, coated aspirin may be good as it is easy on the stomach.
More research is needed to bring clarity on the use of coated and uncoated aspirin.