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How Aspirin Before Bed Might Improve AM Heart Health

A new study shows taking aspirin before bed can be more effective in reducing the risk of heart disease.
Posted at 12:29 PM, Nov 20, 2013

A study done by doctors in the Netherlands shows taking aspirin before bed can lower your chance of having heart troubles the next morning. 

"Heart problems are more likely to happen in the morning. Doctors say taking it at night is most beneficial. ... Blood pressure is at its highest level in the morning." (Via News 12 Long Island

It is a widely known fact that a daily dose of aspirin can help prevent heart attacks and strokes — many take a low dose everyday to prevent a reoccurrence. 

"Aspirin keeps platelets from forming clots which can cause heart attacks and strokes. Researchers in the Netherlands studied about 300 patients with heart disease who are already taking aspirin." (Via NECN)

When  participants changed the time of aspirin intake to bedtime it did lower risks, however it did not affect blood pressure. 

Previous research shows the risk of heart disease can be lowered as much as 10 percent when taking aspirin. And researchers say, "Simply changing the time of intake could make the use of this drug even more effective." (Via The Telegraph

However, a spokesperson for the American Heart Association told HealthDay don't go changing your regimen just yet as the study didn't involve a large enough group of people. 

It's also noted you shouldn't start taking aspirin daily without talking to your doctor first because  risks and benefits vary from person to person.