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Seasonal changes and blood pressure
- By Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
Q. My blood pressure stays close to normal except during the winter. Do the seasons affect blood pressure?
A. Yes, seasons can affect blood pressure. Some people with borderline high blood pressure have higher readings during winter. And their pressure can get high enough to need medicine to control it. They might be able to reduce the dosage when spring comes, or stop taking the medication once summer rolls around.
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