Blood Pressure Variability in Elderly Persons With White-Coat and Masked Hypertension Compared to Those With Normotension and Sustained Hypertension

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Blood Pressure Variability in Elderly Persons With White-Coat and Masked Hypertension Compared to Those With Normotension and Sustained Hypertension

EditorialPor: Cécilia Cacciolati, Christophe Tzourio, y Olivier Hanon. American Journal of Hypertension, volume 26, issue 3, pp. 367-372.

The relationship between blood pressure (BP) measured, its variability, and risk of cardiovascular events is well established; however, it is not well known whether there is a difference of variability between the four categories of BP status obtained by the comparison of office and home BP measurements: normotension and masked, white-coat, and sustained hypertension. Here, we assessed BP variability (BPV) according to BP status in the elderly.   In elderly individuals, the short-term variability of BP is similar in masked and sustained hypertension and higher than in normotension and white-coat hypertension. This result suggests the hypothesis that BPV among persons with masked hypertension may contribute to the elevated cardiovascular risk observed in this BP pattern. [Actualizado: 21 febrero 2013]

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