There has been growing awareness of the vital importance of maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Mayo Clinic reports that you can suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension) for years without any symptoms. The risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke, is increased if high blood pressure is not controlled.
Emma Hitt, PhD has reported for Medsapce Today “BP Medications More Effective When Given at Night.” According to new research among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and hypertension, taking at least 1 antihypertensive medication at bedtime significantly improves blood pressure (BP) control, with an associated decrease in the risk for cardiovascular illness.
Ramón C. Hermida, PhD, and colleagues from the Bioengineering and Chronobiology Laboratories at the University of Vigo, Campus Universitario, Spain, have published their findings in the October 24 edition of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The researchers said that the beneficial effect of taking BP medication at night has been previously documented. However, the potential reduction in cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk associated with specifically reducing sleep-time BP has been a matter of debate.
This prospective study had a goal of investigating whether bedtime treatment with hypertension medications better controls BP and reduces CVD risk in comparison to treatment upon waking. Patients in this study who took at least 1 BP-lowering medication at bedtime had approximately one third of the CVD risk in comparison with those who took all medications upon awakening. Those patients who took medications at bedtime also had a significantly decreased mean BP while sleeping, and a larger proportion of these patients had ambulatory BP control.
Dr. Hermida and colleagues have said “treatment at bedtime is the most cost-effective and simplest strategy of successfully achieving the therapeutic goals of adequate asleep BP reduction and preserving or re-establishing the normal 24-hour BP dipping pattern.” This research offers consideration of the significant value of prescribing BP meds to be taken at bedtime.
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