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White-coat hypertension is defined by the coexistence of persistently high office blood pressure (BP) with normal self-measured or ambulatory blood pressure. The prognostic impact of white-coat hypertension is a subject of debate. Cardiovascular morbidity seems to be lower in white-coat hypertension than in ambulatory hypertension, and, according to some(More)
OBJECTIVE Self-measured blood pressure (BP) and 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) monitoring are used to define the arbitrary clinical categories of masked hypertension (MH) and white-coat hypertension (WCH). Severity of target organ damage and incidence of major cardiovascular events are greater in patients with MH than in patients whose BP is normal(More)
BACKGROUND Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is a risk marker for stroke and its regression confers protection from stroke. The relationship between serial LVH changes and risk of stroke has never been investigated in a mixed population of hypertensive subjects with and without LVH. METHODS In this study, 880 initially untreated hypertensive subjects(More)
OBJECTIVE Although electrocardiography (ECG) is recommended in all subjects with hypertension, no information is available on the influence exerted by random changes in the placement of electrodes on the day-to-day variability of ECG criteria for diagnosis of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). METHODS In a multicentre, randomized study, two standard(More)
Increased dispersion of the QT interval has been observed during pacing or exercise stress testing in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). It has not been established whether this phenomenon is a consequence of ischemia. Therefore, we sought to evaluate whether dipyridamole-induced myocardial ischemia, as directly detected by echocardiographic(More)
Prevalence, determinants, and prognostic value of asymptomatic left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) in uncomplicated subjects with essential hypertension are still incompletely known. We studied 2384 initially untreated subjects with hypertension, no previous cardiovascular disease, and no symptoms or physical signs of congestive heart failure(More)
OBJECTIVES Although the prognostic value of the day-night blood pressure (BP) changes is well established, the most appropriate method for definition of daytime and nighttime BP is still undefined. In a recent guidelines document of the European Society of Hypertension, there is no clear position in favor of one definition over other. METHODS In the(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the accuracy of the A&D UB-511 (UB-512) oscillometric wrist-cuff device for self-measurement of blood pressure, the only difference between the two devices being the size of storage memory. METHODS Device evaluation was performed according to the modified British Hypertension Society protocol released in 1993. Eighty-five study(More)
BACKGROUND Barnidipine is one of a new generation of dihydropyridine calcium-channel blockers. Despite evidence of favorable effects on blood pressure (BP) and insulin sensitivity, this drug has rarely been tested in hypertensive patients with metabolic syndrome (MS). OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of barnidipine on BP and(More)
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