Blunted morning BP surge may increase risk of cardiovascular events in hypertensive patients

Due to the increased morning incidence of cardiovascular (CV) events, researchers have hypothesized that surges in blood pressure (BP) in the early morning hours may raise the risk of CV events such as myocardial infarction (MI), stroke, and sudden cardiac death.

“This study adds to the growing body of information on the prognostic utility of doing a 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring on patients both before starting medications and after apparently 'good' blood pressure control.”
-Thomas Alexander, MD, FACC, FCSI, senior consultant and interventional cardiologist at Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Coimbatore, India

A recent study in Italy followed a large cohort of patients with essential hypertension to track surges and dips in BP. Over 8 years of follow-up in 3,012 initially untreated subjects, 268 people experienced...

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