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1.5 Correlation between Central Obesity and Hypertension as Assessed by a 24h Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

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1.5 Correlation between Central Obesity and Hypertension as Assessed by a 24h Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

Introduction: Obesity is an important pathogenetic factor for essential hypertension. The role of obesity on hypertension has been recently evaluated by ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM). However in this study obesity was investigated only by BMI.

Objective: The aim of our study was to investigate the relationship between central obesity, assessed by measuring the waist-hip ratio (WHR), and the blood pressure’s values obtained with ABPM.

Methods: We examined 116 patients, 58 males and 58 females, 58,85 (13,08) years old, having a mean BMI of 26,74 (3,84). Patients with a mean blood pressure >135/85 were considered to be hypertensive.

Results: Hypertensive patients had a greater WHR (103,28 ± 10,08 vs 90 ± 8,80; p< 0,00005). According to the NCEP-APT III guidelines we noted the patients with central obesity. Patients with central obesity had greater mean systolic blood pressure during 24 hours of recording (140,85 ± 15,42 vs 133,95 ± 12,27; p< 0,0001).

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Bravi, M.C., Capristo, C., Compagnucci, M. et al. 1.5 Correlation between Central Obesity and Hypertension as Assessed by a 24h Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring. High Blood Press Cardiovasc Prev 14, 145 (2007). https://doi.org/10.2165/00151642-200714030-00011

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