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An Aspirin Before Bed Lowers The Risk of Morning Heart Attacks

Update Date: Nov 20, 2013 07:03 AM EST

Taking the aspirin just before bed lowers the risk of experiencing a stroke or heart attack, according to a new study. The findings are useful to millions of people who usually take a low-dose aspirin for coping up with their heart related diseases.

The recommendations from The American Heart Association are also to take a daily dose of aspirin. Even the heart attack survivors should also take a low-dose aspirin.

“Heart attacks are more likely to occur in the morning, so anything that would reduce platelet activity during the morning hours could be beneficial,” said cardiologist Sidney Smith Jr., a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine according to USA Today.

Aspirin prevents platelets from forming clots which eventually causes heart attacks and strokes.

Around 290 patients with heart disease were studied upon who were already taking a dose of aspirin. For the three months they were served 100 milligrams of aspirin either in the morning or at the bedtime.

Though blood pressure was not reduced after aspirin consumption but blood platelet activity was lowered remarkably in the morning.

“Platelet activity is highest in the morning, and that is also the time that most heart attacks and strokes occur, so if you reduce platelet activity during the morning hours, you might reduce heart attacks and stroke at that time,” said study author Tobias Bonten of the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands according to USA Today.

The research is first to explore the timing of the aspirin intake. Also the outcomes of this is going to be beneficial to millions of the patients that take low-dose aspirin.

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