Prevalence of hypertension in acromegalic patients: Clinical measurement versus 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring

G. Minniti, C. Moroni, M. L. Jaffrain-Rea, F. Bondanini, A. Gulino, R. Cassone, G. Tamburrano

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Hypertension is thought to play an important role in the pathogenesis of acromegalic cardiomyopathy. So far, hypertension has been defined by clinical measurement with considerable variations reported concerning its prevalence in acromegalics. DESIGN: To determine the mean blood pressure (BP) values and the prevalence of hypertension in patients with active acromegaly according to non-invasive 24-hour ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM) and to compare the data obtained with those provided by clinical measurement. PATIENTS: Forty patients with active acromegaly (22 women, 18 men, mean age 48.6 ± 12.5 years) were included. Patients were in wash-out for antihypertensive treatment and none had been using any medical treatment for acromegaly for at least 3 months before the study. All were studied as outpatients. MEASUREMENTS: Clinical BP values were calculated as the mean of BP values obtained by standard sphygmomanometric measurement in three separate occasions. Mean 24-hour, daytime and night-time BP values were obtained by ABPM. RESULTS: The mean 24-hour BP values were lower than clinical BP values, the difference being significant for both systolic BP (SBP: 131.1 ± 21.5 versus 136.1 ±16.3 mmHg, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-152
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Endocrinology
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology

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