The ONE organ responsible for high blood pressure.
Hypertension: Does it have a daily pattern?
What is the main cause of high blood pressure?eat too much salt and do not eat enough fruit and vegetables. do not do enough exercise. drink too much alcohol or coffee (or other caffeine-based drinks) smoke.
hypertension's daily pattern:Usually, blood pressure starts to rise a few hours before a person wakes up. It continues to rise during the day, peaking in midday. Blood pressure typically drops in the late afternoon and evening. Blood pressure is usually lower at night while sleeping. The blood pressure measurement at night is called nocturnal blood pressure. Examples of an irregular blood pressure pattern include:
- High blood pressure during the night
- High blood pressure early in the morning
- Less than 10% drop in blood pressure overnight (nondipping blood pressure)
- A rise in blood pressure overnight to early morning has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
- Poorly controlled high blood pressure
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Kidney disease
- Thyroid disease
- A nervous system disorder
- Night-shift work
- Overweight or obesity
- Stress and anxiety
- Not taking medications for blood pressure or sleep apnea as directed, or ineffective treatment