Hypertension Treatment

Aspirin for High Blood Pressure

People with a blood pressure  a reading of 140/90 mmHg or higher are said to be suffering from  high blood pressure. High blood pressure is caused by a large number of factors such as excessive weight gain, smoking, tension and suppressed anger. Most people with high blood pressure or hypertension are ignorant of their condition. Therefore, high blood pressure is also commonly called the  ‘silent killer’.

There has been a long on-going debate regarding the use of aspirin in treating high blood pressure. Continuous high blood pressure causes damage to the heart and arteries and can be a major reason for heart attacks. High blood pressure dilates the heart, resulting in improper pumping of blood to various parts of the body. High blood pressure is related with increased threat of heart failure, heart attack, stroke, arterial aneurysm and kidney failure.

Aspirin or salicylic acid is a drug which comes under the category of painkillers. Aspirin can be taken by person who has high blood pressure if they are under the increased risk of a heart attack or stroke. But before taking aspirin they should make sure that their blood pressure is well under control. It is recommended that you should keep your doctor informed before starting to take aspirin.   

Many medical institutions approve aspirin, as a medicine to prevent heart attacks. It is found that aspirin tablet reduces the risk of death if a heart attack is imminent. It is also recommended that a tablet a day be taken for thirty days after a heart attack. If aspirin is taken when heart attack is suspected, it can also minimize the detrimental effects of the heart attack. Aspirin in recommended dosages is also considered to reduce the risk of subsequent heart attacks.

Studies have revealed that aspirin when taken at night is more effective than taken at any other time of day.