• Michel E. Safar
  • Michael F. O’Rourke
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 144)


One of the principal problems of hypertension is the precise definition of blood pressure as a cardiovascular risk factor. Clinicians indicate peak systolic pressure and end diastolic pressure in the brachial artery as the principal criteria for blood pressure measurement. Consequently, these values are used as indicators for clinical management and therapeutic adjustment. This methodology, based on indirect blood pressure measurements at the site of the brachial artery relates only to the highest and lowest pressure in that vessel, and does not give any information of the blood pressure curve itself; this carries more information than peak systolic pressure and end diastolic pressure.


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  • Michel E. Safar
  • Michael F. O’Rourke

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