Why is aspirin prescribed to a patient with slightly elevated blood pressure?

Maybe shouldn't ... While it's easier & faster to practice cookbook medicine, that's not necessarily the best for any given individual. Aspirin is definitely proven useful in those who've suffered a heart attack, but there are still some very real risks, which might exceed any benefit in those who have never had a heart attack. Check out http://www.thennt.com/nnt/aspirin-to-prevent-a-first-heart-attack-or-stroke/

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What effect would one baby aspirin have if you take it while you have a high blood pressure, eg 180/100?

Too high. Your BP is not under controll. Get further medicines adjusted for better BP control. Read more...
Most likely it's ok. Most likely nothing will happen. Theoretically, there is a very small risk if one were to have a stroke or tear in the great vessel of the body(aortic dissection) Aspirin could make things worse by causing bleeding, but this risk is extremely low. Read more...
Platelets inhibited. Low dose Aspirin inhibits blood platelet function and can be associated with bleeding. The high blood press ure requires evaluation and treatment. You should see a doctor for this. Read more...
Need BP control. Aspirin is anti platelet agent. It helps prevent heart attack and strokes and should help in patients with high BP , but in your case it's more important to see a doctor and get your BP under control. Dr jan. Read more...

Can I take a baby aspirin everyday? 18 years old and have high blood pressure. Benefits and side effects?

Y would U want to? Baby Aspirin helps prevent clots (thus heart attacks and ischemic (clot-related) type strokes. Unfortunately, by the same token, it increases with risk of bleeding including hemorrhagic (bleeding-type) strokes. No study i'm familiar with has shown benefit for Aspirin for anyone under the age of 50. Even 40 year old men showed no benefit for primary prevention. (people without disease). Read more...

My doctor tells me to take one baby aspirin per day with my high blood pressure. Can I take the adult aspirin instead?

Aspirin . No advantage of taking regular as opposed to baby Aspirin in anti-platelet activity for primary prevention in men. Read more...
Yes. Daily Aspirin increases the risk of stomach bleeding, but reduces the risk of heart attacks in men and strokes in women. It is recommended for those at risk for heart attacks or strokes, and at low risk for stomach problems. An adult Aspirin is fine, although a baby Aspirin (81 mg) seems just as effective, and may be safer. A good iphone resource for preventive measures is my health checklist 2012. Read more...