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Question: wake up in the middle of the night with severe headache

 motherof10 - Tue Jan 20, 2004 11:22 am

I'm being treated for high blood pressure, but isn't under good control. At night when I go to sleep, I wake up at different times (of course when I wake up I have to go to the bathroom) with a severe headache. When I go back to sleep it stops, or after I get up and move around, it stops.But needless to say, I don't get as much sleep as I need. I've also noticed that my heart beats faster at that time. My normal heart beats are about 95 beats per minute. Any idea what could cause this.
Thank you
 Dr. Russell M - Tue Jan 20, 2004 1:04 pm

User avatar Hi!

First of all, I would wonder why your hypertension is not under control. If it is due to noncompliance with medications and lifestyle, I would allow you to focus your attention there. If not, has your doctor tried several combinations and doses of medicines to control your BP? If so, have you been evaluated for secondary causes of hypertension?

Hypertension can target several organs, two of which are the brain and the heart. Your headache could be the warning sign of how your hypertension is going to strike your brains. And your feeling of increased pulse after waking up in the night [palpitation] could be the warning sign of how your uncontrolled hypertension is going to strike your heart. In any case, it would be best to get yourself checked out for possible arrhythmia [disorder of rhythm of heart] or risk of cerebrovascular accidents [stroke/brain attack].

I hope I have been motivation enough to decide on the visit to your doctor.

Warm regards,


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