Indexed on: 09 Oct '16Published on: 24 Aug '16Published in: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension
The purpose of the study was to evaluate the degree of morning blood pressure surge (MBPS) and its relationship with markers of cardiovascular alterations in untreated middle-aged hypertensives. We studied 241 patients (mean age, 36.6 ± 10.7 years). Subjects with higher sleep-through MBPS (st-MBPS) were older (P = .003), had higher carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) (P = .05) and lower E/A ratio (P = .01) than those with lower MBPS. Subjects with higher prewakening MBPS (pw-MBPS) had significantly higher deceleration time (P = .01) compared with those with lower pw-MBPS. St-MBPS correlated significantly with age, cIMT values, 24-hour systolic and diastolic BP, and systolic BP night-time fall. The significant correlations between pw-MBPS and cIMT values, deceleration time, 24-hour diastolic BP and systolic BP night-time fall were observed. A relationship between MBPS and cardiovascular alterations was observed both in dippers and nondippers, although in non-dippers, it was less pronounced. The results may imply a possible link between MBPS and markers of cardiovascular alterations in untreated hypertensive subjects.