It is said that stepping out of a bath tub is the most dangerous second of your day, because many people are killed by slipping on the soapy porcelain tub. That may be true, but the most dangerous five minutes is getting out of bed and a fair percentage of Americans get heart attacks during those few minutes. It is the most common time of day to have a heart attack. The reasons were published in Keep your heart attack aspirin at your bedside. In brief, the small plaques and other blood born debris collect in the arteries when the body is still, as when sleeping, and when a person gets up in the morning this debris all enters the flow of blood at one time. The body usually copes with these minor clots and dissolves them away, but when there are too many at one time they form a larger clot, which inhibits the flow of blood, which in turn prevents the agents flowing in the blood from dissolving the clots. Unfortunately, when there is a clot, since there are more little plaques coming along in the blood what little flow there is still available gets plugged, which further prevents blood flow. If the clot has formed in the heart you now have a full-blown heart attack, if in the brain it is a stroke, if in other organs it gets a different name. However, the cause of each of these sudden onset problems is a large undissolved clot which blocks the blood supply to the organ.
Getting out of bed properly can save your life. The object is to let the small plaques and other blood born debris that are already in your body to enter the blood stream more slowly. If only small bits of plaque and other material are collected at the choke points in the blood stream the bodily processes can dissolve them and they will cause no problem whatsoever. If a lot of that material is dumped in at one time a clog develops which soon turns into a clot which soon prevents blood from getting to vital organs. If that happens the quicker you chew up a single aspirin, which helps the dissolving process, the sooner your body will be able to dissolve that clot. Even if the clot were within your brain this procedure might dissolve the clot quickly enough that you would not have a stroke, and possible death within a few minutes. A couple of minutes later you would be as healthy as you were an hour before the blockage occurred, so Keep your heart attack aspirin at your bedside. And similarly, during the day remember, Two aspirin in your wallet can save your life.
To get out of bed without dumping plaques into your bloodstream all at once is simple, when you wake up just roll over a quarter of the way from what ever position you were sleeping in. Lay in that position for a short time, half a minute should be fine, then roll another quarter of the way over and lay in that position for a half a minute. If you are at particular risk of having a heart attack roll over a third time and wait half a minute. The procedure lets the plaques within your body enter your blood stream more slowly, and thus your bodies natural plaque dissolving ability will clear them out. If at any time during this process you have a sudden onset of some very strange symptom reach over to your aspirin stash and get a single aspirin and chew it up immediately. If you believe yourself at high risk, have one pre-positioned for easy retrieval and consumption. One aspirin is possibly better than two, so wait for about five minutes before taking a second one.
I am not convinced that taking a baby aspirin every day is a good procedure, because even that small amount taken too frequently causes stomach ulcers which can develop into a life threatening chronic bleeding. However, if you feel you should take one every day it would be best to take it just before getting up after sleeping, because this is the most likely time to have a heart attack. My reasons for hesitancy to take aspirin every day is that the modest improvements observed in the scientific studies may well have been caused by the participants in the studies just happening to take the aspirin at the time they were beginning to have a heart attack. This very rare event just happened to coincide with the taking of the aspirin. The results were positive but would be much more positive, and without the terrible side effects, if the aspirin were only taken upon the sudden onset of physical symptoms.
Take an aspirin when it is need at the very beginning of a clot formation.