Rising blood pressure when laying down

Q: Have you ever heard of a person’s BP slowly going up when in a horizontal position for a sustained period of time as when sleeping? My BP typically goes up noticeably in just 45 minutes to 150-160 over 85-90. Do you know what this is even called?

A: Blood pressure is known to vary with the time of day. Blood pressure increases in the morning for most people. High blood pressure in the morning is associated with heart attacks and strokes. One of the treatment goals for hypertension is to make sure blood pressure stays within the normal range during the natural morning surge. Your doctor needs to know what is happening with your pressure.

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