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Study Links Poor Sleep Quality to Resistant Hypertension

by VR Sreeraman on September 22, 2012 at 4:58 PM
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 Study Links Poor Sleep Quality to Resistant Hypertension

Insomnia can have dire consequences on people who already have been suffering from high blood pressure, finds a new study.

Researchers studied the sleeping patterns of 234 people with high blood pressure. Most participants slept six or fewer hours, and those who also reported poor sleep quality were twice as likely to have resistant hypertension as those who slept well.

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Your blood pressure is considered resistant if you are taking three or more blood pressure medications but still have a blood pressure reading higher than 140/90 mmHg.

Women were more likely to report lower sleep quality than men. The researchers concluded that those with high blood pressure were more likely to have sleep problems, and poor sleep quality in high blood pressure patients was associated with resistant hypertension. More study is needed to clarify the cause.

Source: Eurekalert
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