Hypertension and nephrology

[The measurement of blood pressure variability with „visit-to-visit” method in the OPAL study]

KÉKES Ede, KISS István

SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

Hypertension and nephrology - 2014;18(03-04)

[Authors reanalysed the 2 years-data of OPAL study for evaluation of change in blood pressure variability. The visit-to-visit form of long term measurement method was selected for characterization of the variability. The decrease of blood pressure fluctuation due to antihypertensive treatment was measured with the standard deviation of mean values and the variation koefficient. According to our observation the combined ACE inhibitor + amlodipine therapy was effective not only in the respect of systolic and diastolic target pressure, but - with continuous reduction - the BPV indices reached the level of normotensive subjects in the end of first year of treatment.]

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