Persons living with hypertension and heart-related challenges have been advised to always ensure that they have good blood pressure control, especially at night and early in the morning.
This is because studies by cardiologists have shown that heart attacks occur more in the early hours of the morning.
The experts educate that heart attacks in the early hours of the day are usually triggered by some hormonal changes that tend to occur at that time of the day.
According to heart care specialists, these changes tend to induce surges in the heart during the early hours of the morning. A heart attack also called myocardial infarction is when there is a shortage of blood supply to parts of the heart, especially when there is a blockage of blood to a part of the heart.
In a publication by flyingdoctorsnigeria.com, in 2018, cardiovascular diseases were listed among the top five causes of death in Nigeria.
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention explain that some of the symptoms of heart attack are chest pain, weakness, pain in the jaw, neck, or back, pain or discomfort in one or both arms or shoulders or shortness of breath.
The centre explains that a heart attack is when there is no supply of blood to the heart while a stroke occurs when there is no supply of blood to the brain.
Advanced underlying diseases, such as diabetes, could mask heart attacks, making them not so obvious.