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The good, the bad and the ugly: Three ways aspirin affects your blood

by , 14 June 2013

You probably already know aspirin affects your blood. But did you know it does so in varying degrees? Here's how you can use aspirin to control your blood pressure - and what to do if you're on daily aspirin therapy and want to stop…

Keen to find out more about how aspirin affects your blood?

You’ve come to the right place!

First, the good news…

Here’s why daily aspirin therapy’s often recommended if you have high blood pressure

Aspirin’s well-known for its ability to not just relieve pain but also prevent heart attacks.

And according to a 2008 study, a low dose aspirin taken daily at bedtime was also associated with significant 24-hour reductions in blood pressure, says WhatEffectsBloodPressure.com.

That’s a good thing. Because while doctors should evaluate unusually low blood pressure readings, it’s high blood pressure readings that put you at risk of heart disease, says Heart.

Next, the bad news…
 
Don’t do take aspirin before you donate blood!

If you’re hoping to donate blood today (it is, after all, Blood Donour Day), remember you shouldn’t take any aspirin or products containing aspirin 48 hours before donation, as this thins the blood, says Red Cross Blood.

Lastly, the ugly…

Don’t just stop your daily aspirin therapy!

Daily aspirin therapy is usually only recommended for people who have had a heart attack or stroke before, writes The Huffington Post.

But don’t let this scare you into going cold turkey if you’re taking an aspirin a day. Doing so could have a rebound effect and actually increase your risk of heart attack or stroke, cautions WhatEffectsBloodPressure.com.

So if you've been on daily aspirin therapy and want to stop, it's important to talk to your doctor before making any changes.
Simple as that! Consult a doctor first if you’re concerned about your blood pressure and want to start daily aspirin therapy to curb it.

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