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Blood pressure drugs should be taken at night. Uncontrolled blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, paralysis and heart failure. Most such attacks occur in the early morning hours. Pulse, blood pressure and thickening of platelets are all higher in the early morning hours. Controlling early morning blood pressure can reduce cardiovascular mortality. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and high blood pressure, taking at least one antihypertensive drug at bedtime significantly improves blood pressure control, with an associated decrease in risk for cardiovascular events. The study included 661 patients with CKD, who were randomly assigned either to take all prescribed anti-BP drugs on awakening or to take at least one of them at bedtime. Patients were followed for a median of 5.4 years; duri...
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