Short-term and long-term blood pressure variability

Giuseppe Mancia

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Blood pressure (BP) is highly variable within a 24-h period, as well as between days, months, years, and seasons. Available evidence shows that within 24-h (or short-term) BP, variabilities have prognostic significance, i.e., their size is related to cardiovascular morbid and fatal events independently of other cardiovascular risk factors and mean BP levels. This has more recently also been shown for visit-to-visit BP variations in patients receiving antihypertensive treatment. Controlling BP variability with treatment may thus represent an important future goal.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpecial Issues in Hypertension
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Italia s.r.l.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9788847026018, 8847026008, 9788847026001
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Ambulatory blood pressure
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood pressure variability
  • Cardiovascular mortality
  • Cardiovascular risk factors
  • Carotid atherosclerosis
  • Coronary disease
  • Dippers
  • Hypertension
  • Morning blood pressure rise
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Organ damage
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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