Taking blood pressure medicines at night may be more beneficial at night than in the morning, according to a study published in the European Heart Journal on Tuesday.
The large study involving more than 19,000 patients with high blood pressure revealed that this intake was performed The drug, which works overnight when patients sleep, halves the risk of heart failure and heart disease.
"The same drug taken at different times of the day actually has different pharmacological properties and behaves like completely different medicines," said lead author of the study, Ramón Hermida, director of the Bioengineering and Chronobiology Lab at the University of Vigo in Spain ,
Hermida and his research team selected half of the study participants randomly to ingest their blood pressure pills in the morning. The other half made the medication part of their bedtime.
The team followed the patients for six years and regularly monitored their blood pressure in blocks of 48 hours.
The differences in the results were remarkable: Compared to the group who took their pills in the morning, they had a more than 40 percent lower risk of having a heart attack, congestive heart failure, stroke, or opening of blocked coronary arteries ,
There was also a risk of dying from heart problems could be reduced by 66 percent during the study period.
Preventing your blood pressure from going to bed prevents high blood pressure during sleep, which is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease, Hermida told NBC News.
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But that does not happen in Some people and others may even experience an increase in blood pressure during sleep, Dr. Luke Laffin, a preventive cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic who was not involved in the new research.
"It makes sense to donate blood If we put drugs under pressure at night, we may be able to catch some of those people who have a non-prone pattern or high blood pressure at night," Laffin said, "and keep them from further heart Circulatory diseases protect. "