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Blood pressure and rhinitis in adults: results of the MONICA/KORA-study.
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PMID:  15097226     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: A study of 330 adults reported increased systolic blood pressure and higher hypertension prevalence rates in men with rhinitis. The authors replicated this study. DESIGN: This cross-sectional study analysed data on blood pressure, medication and allergic rhinitis.Setting A random population-based sample was selected from the City of Augsburg, Germany. PARTICIPANTS: Data from a population-based sample of 2613 subjects (response rate 75%), who participated in the MONICA Augsburg Study (Monitoring of Trends and Determinants of Cardiovascular Diseases) and answered the screening questionnaire of the European Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS) in Augsburg, Germany. METHODS: Rhinitis was assessed by ECRHS screening questionnaire, blood pressure was measured according to the MONICA protocol and subjects were asked about the current use of any high blood pressure medication. RESULTS: After adjustment for age, body mass index, hypercholesterolemia and smoking, neither average systolic (132.3 versus 132.9 mmHg, P = 0.64) nor diastolic blood pressure (83.8 versus 83.8 mmHg, P = 0.97) was statistically significantly different between men with and without rhinitis. The adjusted prevalence rate of hypertension was also not different between males with and without rhinitis (odds ratio 1.02, 95% confidence interval 0.728-1.436, P = 0.74). In addition, no statistically significant associations between rhinitis and confounder-adjusted blood pressure means or hypertension were seen in women. CONCLUSION: The authors could not confirm the conclusion of the previous study that men with rhinitis need special attention for blood pressure control.
Joachim Heinrich; Angela Döring
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of hypertension     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0263-6352     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Hypertens.     Publication Date:  2004 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-04-20     Completed Date:  2004-12-14     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8306882     Medline TA:  J Hypertens     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  889-92     Citation Subset:  IM    
National Research Center for Environment and Health, GSF-Institute of Epidemiology, PO Box 1129, D-85758 Neuherberg, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Hypertension / epidemiology*
Middle Aged
Rhinitis / epidemiology*
Sex Distribution

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