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An aspirin in the night could keep heart attacks away!

Written by Editorial Team |Updated : November 20, 2013 4:55 PM IST

Heart attackTaking aspirin at bedtime instead of in the morning might reduce acute heart events, a new study has found. Low-dose daily aspirin is recommended for people at high risk of heart diseases and for reducing the risk of recurrent heart events, reported Xinhua. Aspirin thins the blood and makes it less likely to clot. The tendency for higher platelet activity peaks in the morning. Dutch researchers explored the timing of aspirin intake among 290 patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases who took either 100 mg of aspirin upon waking or at bedtime during two three-month periods. At the end of each period, blood pressure and platelet activity were measured. The researchers found that although the patients' blood pressure remained the same, bedtime aspirin platelet activity was reduced.

'Because higher platelet activity contributes to a higher risk of acute heart events, this simple intervention - switching aspirin intake from morning to bedtime - could be beneficial for the millions of patients with heart disease who take aspirin on a daily basis,' said Tobias Bonten, of the Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands, in a statement.

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A heart attack also known as a myocardial infarction is usually caused due to the interruption of blood supply to the heart which causes heart cells to die. This is mostly due to blockage of a coronary artery which is caused by plaque. If left untreated it usually leads to death. Some of the symptoms include feeling a tight band around the chest, shooting pains up and down the left side of your body, anxiety, cough, fainting, heavy pressure, palpitations, shortness of breath and sweating. If you have symptoms of a heart attack, call your local emergency number right away.

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