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Value of home blood pressures as predictor of target organ damage in mild arterial hypertension

Giuseppe Mulè, Gregorio Caimi, Santina Cottone, Emilio Nardi, Giuseppe Andronico, Giuseppe Piazza, Vito Volpe, Maria Rosa Federico, Giovanni Cerasola
Journal of Cardiovascular Risk 2002, 9 (2): 123-9
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BACKGROUND: Home blood pressure measurement has gained increasing importance for the management of hypertensive patients. The aim of our study was to compare levels of clinic (CBP), ambulatory (ABP), and home blood pressure (HBP) measurements, and their relationships with various indexes of target organ damage in I-II grade essential hypertension.

DESIGN AND METHODS: Thirty-eight essential hypertensives underwent evaluation of clinic, ambulatory and home blood pressures. Each patient recorded HBP for 2 days with a digital BP monitor three times daily, the first time on the same day during which ABP monitoring was simultaneously performed. Moreover, in all subjects electrocardiogram recording, echocardiographic study, microalbuminuria assay and fundus oculi examination were obtained.

RESULTS: The average HBPs obtained on the first day, in particular systolic values, were quite similar to mean daytime ambulatory BP recorded on the same day. Clinic BP, both systolic and diastolic, showed no significant correlation with left ventricular mass index (LVMI) and with albumin excretion rate (AER), whereas a correlation barely significant was observed with an index of global target organ damage (GTODi), including cardiac, renal and retinal parameters. On the contrary, home blood pressures, especially those recorded on the second day, correlated significantly, and more tightly than clinic BP, with LVMI, AER and GTODi.

CONCLUSIONS: Our study seems to justify the adoption of home BP monitoring in the management of hypertensive patients, as a useful complement to clinical readings, and may provide additional prognostic information.

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