Weather-related changes in 24-hour blood pressure profile: Effects of age and implications for hypertension management

Pietro Amedeo Modesti, Marco Morabito, Iacopo Bertolozzi, Luciano Massetti, Gabriele Panci, Camilla Lumachi, Alessia Giglio, Grzegorz Bilo, Gianluca Caldara, Laura Lonati, Simone Orlandini, Giampiero Maracchi, Giuseppe Mancia, Gian Franco Gensini, Gianfranco Parati

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Abstract

A downward titration of antihypertensive drug regimens in summertime is often performed on the basis of seasonal variations of clinic blood pressure (BP). However, little is known about the actual interaction between outdoor air temperature and the effects of antihypertensive treatment on ambulatory BP. The combined effects of aging, treatment, and daily mean temperature on clinic and ambulatory BP were investigated in 6404 subjects referred to our units between October 1999 and December 2003. Office and mean 24-hour systolic BP, as well as morning pressure surge, were significantly lower in hot (>90th percentiles of air temperature; 136±19, 130±14, and 33.3±16.1 mm Hg; P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-161
Number of pages7
JournalHypertension
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Blood pressure monitoring, ambulatory
  • Hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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