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Heart Health
Morning Hypertension Facts

3/21/2008 6:29:00 PM

  • The effect of high blood pressure on cardiovascular risk is greater in the morning than during the other periods of the day.(1)
  • Morning hypertension is linked to silent hypertensive cerebrovascular disease and subsequent stroke risk.(2)
  • Morning blood pressure rises remain untreated in 50 percent of patients who receive treatment for hypertension.(3)
  • Morning hypertension has been shown to significantly increase the risk of stroke by as much as three times in elderly patients.(4)

(1) "Time for Focus on Morning Hypertension: Pitfall of Current Antihypertensive Medication," American Journal of Hypertension.
(2) "Clinical Implication of Morning Blood Pressure Surge in Hypertension," Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
(3)"Morning hypertension is masked in well-controlled hypertensives: the JICHI morning hypertension research study (J-MORE) study," Poster presented at American Society of Hypertension, 2004 New York USA
(4)Kario K, Pickering TG, Umeda Y, et. al. Morning surge in blood pressure as a predictor of silent and clinical cerebrovascular disease in elderly hypertensives: a prospective study. Circulation. 2003, 107: 1401-1405

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