20 September, 2015    #57

Naps May Help Lower Blood Pressure

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If you're searching for lifestyle changes to help lower your blood pressure (BP), one effective strategy may be an old-fashioned siesta.


New research from Greece found that Systolic BP in people who took a midday nap averaged 5 percent lower than that of patients who didn't nap.


The researchers enrolled 200 men and 186 women with hypertension to assess the effect of a daily nap on blood pressure readings. The average age of the patients was 61.4 years. The researchers tested the patients' blood pressure in the office and by utilizing 24-hour ambulatory measurements and assessed their cardiovascular health. They also recorded the amount of napping time the patients reported.


After adjusting for other factors that could affect blood pressure - among them age, gender, body mass index, smoking status, salt, alcohol coffee consumption and exercise - they found that blood pressure was lower among those who took a daytime nap, and that these patients needed fewer drugs to control their blood pressure than those who didn't nap.


Study leader Manolis Kallistratos, MD, a cardiologist, noted that although the blood pressure reductions seen in the study do not seem dramatic, decreases as small as 2 millimeters of mercury in systolic blood pressure can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 10 percent.


The above article copied from a new letter by Dr. Andrew Weil 09/19/2015.


Thank You Doctor Weil,


Mike Kohut, President, DDMS




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