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No relevant seasonal influences on office and ambulatory blood pressure: data from a study in borderline hypertensive primary care patients.
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PMID:  9633798     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Our objective was to study seasonal influences on office and ambulatory blood pressure. We therefore designed a prospective 7-month study of 47 borderline hypertensive patients in a primary care setting. We used no interventions. Our main outcome measures were the differences between summer and winter office and ambulatory blood pressures and 95% confidence intervals. Results showed that winter minus summer differences ranged from 0 to 3 mm Hg. Only one significant difference was found: ambulatory systolic daytime pressure was significantly higher (3 mm Hg) in winter than in summer. Our results do not confirm the data of earlier studies in hypertensives. In view of the small and clinically irrelevant winter-summer differences, it seems unnecessary to modify antihypertensive treatment of borderline hypertensives according to the season.
M M Brueren; B J Schouten; H J Schouten; C van Weel; P W de Leeuw; J W van Ree
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of hypertension     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0895-7061     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Hypertens.     Publication Date:  1998 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-08-24     Completed Date:  1998-08-24     Revised Date:  2009-02-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8803676     Medline TA:  Am J Hypertens     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  602-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of General Practice, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure / physiology*
Blood Pressure Determination / methods*
Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory*
Hypertension / physiopathology*
Middle Aged
Office Visits*
Prospective Studies

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