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Taking aspirin at night can help

People with prehypertension treated with aspirin at bedtime can significantly lower their blood pressure, according to a Spanish report.

The aspirin study

The three-month study tracked 244 adults diagnosed with prehypertension. Prehypertension is considered to be blood pressure readings with a systolic pressure from 120 to 139 mm Hg or a diastolic pressure from 80 to 89 mm Hg, and a precursor to hypertension.

Patients were split into 3 groups:

  • following a blood pressure lowering diet
  • taking 100mg aspirin each night at bedtime
  • taking 100mg aspirin each day on waking in the morning.

The results

Systolic blood pressure dropped 5.4 points and diastolic pressure by 3.4 points for those who took aspirin before bedtime. No drop in blood pressure was found in those taking morning aspirin or following the general dietary guidelines.

Researcher conclusions

“There is some evidence that taking a variety of medications, including those for hypertension, at night is associated with greater blood pressure reduction than taking them in the morning.” said Dr. Suzanne Oparil, president of the American Society for Hypertension.


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