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High blood pressure medication more effective at bed time

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High blood pressure medication more effective at bed time as patients are less likely to suffer heart attacks, heart disease or strokes.

For the Study, Spanish Research observed 19,084 patients who had their blood pressure monitored over a period of 48 hours at least once a year.

By the end of the study, 1,752 patients died from cardiovascular disease, had a heart attack, suffered heart failure or stroke, or needed their arteries unblocked.

As well as a lower risk of stroke, heart attack and dying from heart disease, patients who took their pills before bed had a 42 per cent lower risk of heart failure.

Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury

Morning ingestion has been the most common recommendation by clinicians.

Lead author Professor Ramon Hermida said: ‘Current guidelines on the treatment of hypertension do not mention or recommend any preferred treatment time.

‘Morning ingestion has been the most common recommendation by physicians based on the misleading goal of reducing morning blood pressure levels.

‘The results of this study show patients who routinely take their anti-hypertensive medication at bedtime, as opposed to when they wake up, have better-controlled blood pressure and, most importantly, a significantly decreased risk of death or illness from heart and blood vessel problems.’

The study was published in the European Heart Journal.

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