La variabilità della pressione arteriosa.

Translated title of the contribution: Blood pressure variability

G. Parati, E. Tortorici, F. Glavina, D. Zaniboni, S. Gritti, A. Groppelli, P. Castiglioni, M. Di Rienzo, G. Mancia

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This review deals with a number of issues related to blood pressure variability. These include: historical aspects, with reference to the first pioneering observations; methodological aspects, focusing on the different methods for quantifying blood pressure variability; description of the characteristics of blood pressure variability over the 24 hours; mechanisms involved in determining the different magnitude of this phenomenon in different subjects, such as behavioral factors, central and reflex neural influences, humoral and mechanical factors; blood pressure variability as a probe to assess spontaneous baroreflex sensitivity; effects of aging and hypertension on blood pressure variability, with a discussion of the clinical relevance of this phenomenon in the prognostic evaluation of patients; effects of drugs on blood pressure variability. Finally methodological aspects related to the use of noninvasive ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in the assessment of blood pressure variability are discussed.

Translated title of the contributionBlood pressure variability
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)455-471
Number of pages17
JournalItalian Heart Journal
Issue number5 Suppl
Publication statusPublished - May 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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