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High blood pressure can be reversed according to this study

When it comes to preventing a stroke or other cardiovascular emergencies there are risk factors we can’t control, like our age or family history. Fortunately, there are other risks — smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, lack of exercise, poor diet, overweight, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation — that can be controlled or managed.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the most important of these controllable risk factors and for many people it is also one of the easiest to control with medication and lifestyle changes. Some people can get their blood pressure controlled with diet and exercise alone, but most rely on medication.

Hypertension, along with the drugs used to treat it, have been in the news lately and it might be helpful to summarize two recent studies to see if they impact you or a loved one.

When to take blood pressure medication

The peer-reviewed European Heart Journal just published results of a six-year study of over 19,000 patients, confirming what many experts had already suspected: it is better to take blood pressure medications at bedtime. People who take all of their blood-pressure medication at bedtime have better blood pressure control and a significantly lower risk of heart or stroke death or illness compared to those who take their blood pressure medication in the morning.

The researchers found that patients who took their medication at bedtime reduced their risk of dying from or suffering heart attacks, stroke, heart failure or other cardiovascular problems by 45% compared to those who took their medication after waking up in the morning. Always check with your doctor before making any changes in your medication routine.

Which blood pressure medications should you take?

A recent study published in medical journal the Lancet pulled together the data of 4.9 million patients to look at how well each of the main drug types used to treat hypertension prevented heart attack, heart failure, and stroke — and to what extent each drug caused 46 unwanted side-effects.

People are also now finding out that it takes alternative remedies to get their blood pressure under control and to keep your blood pressure in the normal range, but it’s worth it.