A comparison of blood pressure control in a hypertension hospital clinic between 1997 and 2000

Cesare Cuspidi, I. Michev, V. Fusi, B. Severgnini, C. Sala, S. Meani, C. Corti, C. Valerio, F. Magrini, A. Zanchetti

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Aims: (1) To evaluate the prevalence of clinic blood pressure (BP) control in a large sample of treated hypertensives followed in our hypertension clinic during the year 2000, and to compare it with our 1997 data. (2) To investigate the prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) according to different levels of BP control. Methods and results: One thousand consecutive hypertensive patients who attended our hypertension hospital clinic in a period of 7 months during the year 2000 and who had regularly been followed by the same medical team were included in the study. LVH was assessed using two different electrocardiographic criteria (Sokolow-Lyon and Cornell). This population had similar clinical characteristics of a cohort including 700 patients seen at our centre during 1997 in which BP control rate was 34% (Cuspidi et al., J Hypertens 1999; 17: 835-41). During follow-up, 441 of the treated patients had clinic BP <140/90 mmHg, 283 <150/95 mmHg and 276 ≥ 150/95 mmHg, indicating that BP control was satisfactory in 44.1%, borderline in 28.3% and unsatisfactory in 27.6% of the cases. Thirty-five patients (3.6%) had LVH according to Cornell criteria and 25 (2.6%) according to Sokolow criteria. A significantly lower prevalence of LVH was detected in patients with optimal BP control (

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-228
Number of pages6
JournalBlood Pressure
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Blood pressure control
  • Hypertension clinic
  • Left ventricular hypertrophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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