Noninvasive ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in patients with recently detected systemic hypertension

Robert A. Phillips, Martin E. Goldman, Howard B. Eison, Lawrence R. Krakoff

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Noninvasive ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and Doppler echocardiography were used in a recent study evaluating persons aged 18 to 50 years who were initially found to have mild hypertension by casual blood pressure determination. Ambulatory blood pressure recordings were performed on a day of usual activity in 54 subjects; a subgroup of 24 patients had evaluation of left ventricular dimensions and diastolic filling patterns by Doppler echocardiography. Average ambulatory systolic pressures of 42% of subjects were ≥130 mm Hg. Only 35% had average diastolic pressures ≥85 mm Hg, and 57% had either systolic or diastolic pressures ≥130/85 mm Hg. Correlation between casual and ambulatory pressures was not significant. No subject had left ventricular hypertrophy determined by echocardiography. Abnormal left ventricular diastolic filling was noted in 38% of those patients with average ambulatory pressures ≥130/85 mm Hg, but in no patients with average pressures <130/85 mm Hg (p < 0.05). These results suggest that ambulatory blood pressure monitoring may be a specific method for detecting those patients with mild hypertension who may have early and potentially reversible cardiac abnormalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62F-64F
Number of pages3
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 19 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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