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LibbyDude posted:
My 83-yr-old Dad has high blood pressure when he wakes up early in the morning, and also after he wakes up from a nap in the afternoon. It quickly comes down after he gets up, but we are still concerned. He takes a blood pressure medication, but I don't know what it is. His doctor has switched his medicine a few times, but that's the only solution he's proposed to deal with this situation. I hope someone in this forum has a better solution. Dad won't go to a different doctor.
internetaddict70 responded:
My 41 year old husband has had high blood pressure for years. He has been on several medications and would still wake up with BP readings of 170/120....then be normal at night. His Dr suggested a sleep study..he did that and he has Sleep Apnea. It is a common disorder and if left untreated it could lead to high BP,stroke,or even heart attack. I would try to talk with his Dr and your Dad about having a sleep study.Often times the use of a CPAP will help lower BP upon waking and keep it within normal range,and possibly may be able to lower dosage of meds. My hubbys BP is slowly coming down now. Good luck to you!!
LoverlyLou responded:
Your dad should have a sleep study for sleep apnea, My B/P does the same thing. I do have sleep apnea but can not tolerate the c-paps that I tried. My doctor put me on oxygen. It helps so much but I have what seems to be uncontrlable B/P. What meds that work for while has to be changed later. Have him give it a try. It is not painful. Good luck.

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