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Current Hypertension Reports

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 271–279 | Cite as

Diastolic pressure, systolic pressure, or pulse pressure?

  • Charalambos Vlachopoulos
  • Michael O’Rourke
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Abstract

Diastolic pressure, systolic pressure, and pulse pressure have all been assigned the role of the best predictor of cardiovascular events during the 20th century. At the dawn of the new millennium, concepts that draw attention to vascular mechanics reconcile the seemingly conflicting results of epidemiologic studies, better define the hypertensive patient, evaluate more accurately the risk and set its markers, and ultimately optimize treatment through a logical approach that aims at the mechanism and not at the manifestation. Pulse wave analysis and measurement of arterial stiffness are valuable tools in the assessment and management of the hypertensive patient.

Keywords

Pulse Pressure Arterial Stiffness Pulse Wave Velocity Systolic Pressure Diastolic Pressure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charalambos Vlachopoulos
    • 1
  • Michael O’Rourke
    • 1
  1. 1.Medical Professorial Unit, St Vincent’s HospitalUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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