What’s the Best Time to Take Blood Pressure Medication? This Study Finally Has the Answer
We’ve all heard that hypertension is a silent killer disease, no? As such, monitoring your blood pressure regularly could literally save your life.
If you’ve already been diagnosed with high blood pressure, then sticking to your medication as prescribed is your best bet to avoiding the adverse effects that come with this diagnosis.
And according to a recently published study, blood pressure medication works best at night.
The Spanish researchers involved in this study randomly chose 19,084 patients all diagnosed with hypertension, irrespective of their gender.
Of this study group, half were to take their prescribed medication just before turning in for the night, while the rest were to take their drugs as soon as they woke up.
The research team then followed up with the study’s participants for six years, a period within which a total of 3,246 coronary-related events occurred, including angina, heart failure, heart attacks, and strokes. 310 participants also died of cardiovascular disease.
Apart from blood pressure medication, other factors of interest in the study were age, gender, apnea, diabetes, smoking, cholesterol, and obesity, among other risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.
According to the study team’s findings, patients who took their medication at night were at a 43% lower risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event overall.
Breaking it down, they were 49% less likely to experience a stroke, 34% lower for a heart attack, and 42% lower for a heart failure event.
Concerning potential death, this group were 45% less likely to succumb to any cause of death, and exhibited a 56% lower risk of death by cardiovascular disease.
In addition to being beneficial for cardiovascular health, the researchers discovered that bedtime medication was also improving patient kidney function as well as reducing their levels of bad cholesterol.
The interesting thing about these results was that they cut across all participants, irrespective of their age, and whether they were male or female.
Ramon C. Hermida, the research team’s lead scientist who’s also a biomedical engineering professor, confirmed their findings, urging all patients to stick to bedtime medication.
However, Prof. Hermida says that you should consult your doctor first – don’t change the prescribed medication routine all on your own.
Soon as you see your doctor, you can inquire more from him on matters concerning this study, and if they’re updated, they’ll make the switch and offer more medical advice, based on your history.
Managing high blood pressure is all about lifestyle changes, and your doctor may advocate for weight loss in addition to medication. Losing the tiniest bit of weight, according to Mayo Clinic, goes a long way towards decreasing your blood pressure.
Naturally, you have to exercise regularly if you want to shed some weight. Thankfully, you don’t even have to strain yourself much. Simple aerobics such as cycling, jogging, walking, dancing, and even swimming do the trick. You just have to ensure that you hit at least 150 minutes of exercise each weak.
Needless to say, sticking to a healthy diet will also help you manage hypertension. Changing your feeding habits may be a daunting task, but if you’re smart about it, you’ll adopt healthy feeding practices before you know it.
Shop for healthy options only, and have a food diary where you monitor what you pump into your body.
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