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Aspirin lowers blood pressure

An international study has shown that taking aspirin can lower diastolic blood pressure and reduce the likelihood of major cardiovascular events.

The study shows the benefits of lowering diastolic blood pressure down to 82.6mmHg.

The aspirin study

Researchers studied 18 790 patients from 26 countries, aged 50 to 80 years old. All patients had hypertension and diastolic blood pressure between 100mmHg and 115mmHg.

Half the group was given 75mg/day of aspirin and the remaining patients took a placebo.

Diastolic blood pressure was reduced by 20.3mmHg to 24.3mmHg for those who took aspirin. The lowest incidence of cardiovascular events occurred at a diastolic blood pressure of 82.6 mm Hg. However, further reduction below these blood pressures was safe.

The group taking aspirin also had a reduction in major cardiovascular events by 15%.

The researchers conclusion

The results were published in The Lancet and were part of the Hypertension Optimal Treatment (HOT) randomized trial.

The researchers wrote in their conclusion, “Intensive lowering of blood pressure in patients with hypertension was associated with a low rate of cardiovascular events. The HOT Study shows the benefits of lowering the diastolic blood pressure down to 82.6 mm Hg.

They added, “Acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) significantly reduced major cardiovascular events with the greatest benefit seen in all myocardial infarction.”

Kellie’s note:

Last year I reported on a study that showed taking aspirin at night is more effective at lowering blood pressure. For more information, click on the story, Taking aspirin at night can help hypertension.

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