Ask the doctor: Is high blood pressure in the morning a problem?

Ask the doctor

Is high blood pressure in the morning a problem?

Q. My blood pressure is high when I first get up in the morning, generally around 150/80, but always drops back to normal (around 120/60) by 9 a.m. and stays that way throughout the day. I take 150 milligrams of Avapro in the morning and again in the evening, along with a diuretic in the morning. I check my blood pressure at home using a meter that was verified in my cardiologist's office. My doctor says I shouldn't worry about the temporary high morning blood pressure. What do you think?

A. The variation in blood pressure that you describe is very common, but most people aren't aware of it because they don't measure their blood pressure very often.

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