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Blood pressure variability is associated with increased risk of heart disease and death, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4080 (Published 28 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4080
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Greater variability in blood pressure between clinic measurements is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death, a retrospective analysis of a large US prospective cohort study has found.

The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine,1 followed up 25 814 people with hypertension but no cardiovascular disease events during the first 28 months of the Antihypertensive and Lipid Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT).

Researchers analysed variability in systolic blood pressure using the …

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