Features April 2008 Issue

Lower Your Blood Pressure While You Sleep

An evening dose of antihypertensive drugs may help your blood vessels relax and improve your kidney function.

We all know that exercise and even agitation can raise your blood pressure. Conversely, a peaceful night’s sleep should bring it down—as much as 10 to 20 percent for healthy adults. However, many people with hypertension find their that blood pressure doesn’t dip overnight. And that can be a major contributor to serious cardiovascular and kidney problems. "Optimal control of blood pressure is important at all times," says Cleveland Clinic cardiologist and hypertension specialist Fetnat Fouad-Terazi, MD. "It helps prevent atherosclerosis and retards the progression of renal disease."

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