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Cugini's syndrome in statu nascendi. Oratio contra morem prevalentem et pro chronobiologica ratione ad pressione sanguinis curandam. A plea against the prevailing custom and in favor of a chronobiological approach to treating blood pressure.
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PMID:  19452095     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An increase in the circadian amplitude (A) of blood pressure (BP) had been reported to precede a rise in the circadian BP average (MESOR, M), as pre-hypertension in the stroke-prone Okamoto rat. In humans, children with a positive family history of high BP and/or related cardiovascular disease had, on average, a larger BP-A than children with a negative family history, and an elevated BP-A was associated with intermediate values of the left ventricular mass index (LVMI), whereas an elevation in BP-M was only observed for larger LVMI values. Against this background, with 24-hour ambulatory monitoring (ABPM) interpreted chronobiologically, Pietro Cugini (University La Sapienza of Rome, Italy) has reported an elevation of both the circadian BP-M and BP-A as occurring with a minimal change (hypertensive) retinopathy. He determined by cosinor the extent of predictable BP change within a day as BP-2A, estimated by the least squares fit of a 24-hour cosine curve to the data. As compared to controls without retinopathy, he found a retinal end-organ involvement associated with average systolic (S) / diastolic (D) BP-Ms of 124/76 vs. 112/72 mmHg, with corresponding SBP/DBP-As of 12/10 vs. 8/7 mmHg. We refer to "Cugini's syndrome", suggesting the need for clarification, preferably in longitudinal studies, of any generalizable sequence in end-organ involvement, that may occur in the course of the development of some human Vascular Variability Disorders (VVDs) of unknown etiology, that include an elevation of the circadian BP-A and/or BP-M, concomitantly or separately in a sequence with the BP-A increase preceding that in BP-M, as in models of high BP in the rat or vice versa. Seven-day half-hourly or hourly around-the-clock monitoring of BP and HR variability interpreted chronobiologically, C-ABPM, as a minimum, is recommended for routine medical care to detect VVDs consisting of 1. MESOR-hypertension, MH; 2. Circadian Hyper-Amplitude-Tension, CHAT (BP overswing); 3. odd timing of the circadian rhythm of BP but not that of HR; 4. above-threshold pulse pressure; and/or 5. below-threshold HR variability. All conditions are best determined by 24-hour/7-day or, when abnormality is detected, longer C-ABPM. Eventually, all conditions will need to be assessed in the light of reference values from gender- and age-matched peers, as is now the case for the fi rst three VVDs listed above. When C-ABPM is not practicable, a 7-day series of 3-hourly manual self-measurements during waking (and one measurement about mid-sleep) (C-MBPM) is recommended. When continuous monitoring becomes possible, as it is within the state of the science, detecting Cugini's syndrome will also become possible with the clarification as to whether any change in BP-M and/or BP-A occurs concomitantly or sequentially, with changes in BP-A anticipated to precede changes in BP-M.
G Cornélissen; F Halberg; L Beaty; Y Kumagai; E Halberg; J Halberg; J Lee; O Schwartzkopff; K Otsuka
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  La Clinica terapeutica     Volume:  160     ISSN:  1972-6007     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Ter     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-19     Completed Date:  2009-09-01     Revised Date:  2011-03-08    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372604     Medline TA:  Clin Ter     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e13-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
Halberg Chronobiology Center, University of Minnesota, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure / physiology*
Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory
Circadian Rhythm / physiology*
Hypertension / complications,  drug therapy,  physiopathology*
Retinal Diseases / etiology*

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