Getting up to pee in the night is an early warning sign for heart attack and stroke, scientists discover

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HAVING to get up in the middle of the night to pee could mean you have high blood pressure, scientists have discovered.

The risk is raised by 40 per cent by trips to the loo. And the more times you get up, the higher the chance.

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High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks and strokes if left untreated. More than one in four adults in the UK have high blood pressure, although many won’t realise it.

Dr Satoshi Konno of Japan’s Tohoku Rosai Hospital, which quizzed 3,749 people, warned sufferers to cut salt intake.

Compared to western countries, people in Japan eat more salt and are more likely to be “salt sensitive”, meaning that their blood pressure rises more when salt is consumed.

Taken together, these two factors mean that people in Japan are at greater risk of developing high blood pressure.

Dr Mutsuo Harada, press coordinator for JCS 2019, said: “The average salt intake in Japan is approximately 10 g/day, which is more than double the average salt intake worldwide (4 g/day).

“This excessive salt intake is related to our preference for seafood and soy sauce-based food, so salt restriction is difficult to carry out.”


ESC President Professor Barbara Casadei from the University of Oxford said: “More than one billion people have high blood pressure worldwide. High blood pressure is the leading global cause of premature death, accounting for almost ten million deaths in 2015.”

“ESC guidelines recommend medication to reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease. A healthy lifestyle is also advised, including salt restriction, alcohol moderation, healthy eating, regular exercise, weight control, and smoking cessation.”

The findings were presented to the Japanese Circulation Society.

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