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Blood pressure variations and low blood pressure values at home after hospital discharge in older hypertensives: post-discharge blood pressure variations.
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PMID:  21450570     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background: Blood pressure (BP) variations occurring after hospital discharge in a population of older hypertensives have not been previously investigated. Design: elderly (≥65 years) hypertensives admitted to the geriatric acute ward of a university-teaching hospital were enrolled in this prospective observational study. Methods: Exclusion criteria were terminal illness, discharge to institution, and changes in antihypertensive regimen. BP was recorded in the emergency room, at ward admission, daily during hospital stay, and at discharge. Home self blood pressure measurement was performed after discharge. Results: The study population included 106 patients. There was a significant decrease in systolic BP (SBP) and diastolic BP (DBP) throughout the study time points. SBP and DBP decreased after discharge (from 135.1 ± 15.0 to 131.5 ± 16.1 mmHg and from 77.2 ± 8.4 to 71.6 ± 8.7 mmHg, respectively), the difference being significant only for DBP (p = 0.000). We further observed higher prevalence of critically low BP values (SBP <120 mmHg and DBP <70 mmHg) at home (23.6% and 48.1%, respectively) compared to discharge (8.5% and 9.4%, p = 0.006 and p = 0.000, respectively). Conclusions: We observed a decrease in BP values, and particularly DBP values, after hospital discharge, in a sample of older hypertensives. Critically low BP values were observed at home in a high proportion of subjects, suggesting wise use of antihypertensive therapy at discharge and early monitoring of BP values at home.
Marco Astengo; Martina Bonetto; Gianluca Isaia; Monica Comba; Gianfranco Fonte; Mario Bo
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-14
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Title:  European journal of cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation : official journal of the European Society of Cardiology, Working Groups on Epidemiology & Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1741-8275     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
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Created Date:  2011-3-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101192000     Medline TA:  Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Geriatric Section, Department of Medical and Surgical Disciplines, San Giovanni Battista Hospital, University of Torino, Torino, Italy.
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