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27 October 2021

Acetylsalicylic acid as the most common antithrombotic drug

27 October 2021

World thrombosis day is celebrated in October. Its goal is to draw attention to the dangers of thrombosis, encourage people to visit doctors and not self-medicate. Thrombosis is the process of intravital formation of blood clots on the inner surface of the vessel wall.

In general, cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the world and in Ukraine. In 2017, 17.79 million people died from this disease worldwide*. In Ukraine, 59% of men and 75% of women die from cardiovascular diseases**.

Anti platelet (or antithrombotic) drugs reduce the ability of blood cells to stick together and adhere (way of adhesion) to the walls of blood vessels. They are used to prevent the formation of postoperative blood clots, thromboembolic disorders in ischemic heart disease and myocardial infarction, as well as in other diseases with an increased risk of thrombosis.

Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) is a well-known representative of antithrombotic drugs. The drug has both anti-inflammatory and antipyretic actions. In addition, acetylsalicylic acid inhibits platelet aggregation and is used to prevent thrombus formation and thromboprophylaxis.

Back in 1966, doctors suggested that acetylsalicylic acid could be used to treat thrombosis. After World War II, California physician Lawrence Craven drew attention to the antithrombotic properties of acetylsalicylic acid. And until 1956, he systematized the data of 8 thousand patients who regularly took ASA, and in which heart attacks stopped. Today, ASA is one of the most widely known drugs against thrombosis.

In October 2021, the pharmaceutical company "Darnitsa" launched a new drug Cardio-Dar®***, which contains acetylsalicylic acid in a dosage of 75 mg and 150 mg. Indications for use:

  • acute and chronic ischemic heart disease;
  • prevention of recurrent thrombosis;
  • primary prevention of thrombosis, cardiovascular diseases, such as acute coronary syndrome, in patients over 50 years of age who has risk factors for developing diseases of the cardiovascular system: arterial hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes mellitus, adiposis (body-weight index > 30), hereditary history (myocardial infarction under the age of 55 in at least one of the parents or siblings).


Private Joint Stock Company Pharmaceutical company "Darnitsa" was founded in 1930 and this year celebrates its 91st anniversary. Since 1998, "Darnitsa" has been the leader in Ukraine in terms of drug production in physical terms. Strategic areas of portfolio development include cardiology, neurology, and pain management. During 2015-2020, "Darnitsa" launched 50 pharmaceutical brands on the market.

* The Global Burden of Disease Study, 2017, adapted from

** Timmis A, et al. // Eur Heart J. 2018 Feb 14 39(7):508-579.

*** Instructions for medical use of the drug Cardio-Dar®. Р.П. №UA/18901/01/01, №UA/18901/01/02 Available on prescription.

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