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Twenty-four-hour blood pressure changes in young Somalian blacks after migration to Italy.
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PMID:  7755951     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Blood pressure changes induced by migration from Somalia to Italy were studied in 25 normotensive clinical healthy blacks (aged 29 +/- 6 years) who had immigrated from Mogadishu to Florence. Basal and 24-h ambulatory blood pressure, venous compliance, and daily urinary electrolyte excretion were measured on arrival and 6 months later. After 6 months both basal pressure (P < .05 for systolic blood pressure, P < .01 for diastolic blood pressure) and 24-h blood pressure (P < .004 for systolic blood pressure, P < .01 for diastolic blood pressure) had significantly increased. Urinary sodium excretion had also increased (P < .001), whereas plasma renin activity was significantly reduced (P < .05). The ambulatory pressure increase was significantly related to the urinary sodium increase (r = 0.49; P < .01). At follow-up 8 of 25 blacks were hypertensive according to the WHO definition (basal diastolic blood pressure > 90 mm Hg). In conclusion, an increase in 24-h blood pressure is detectable after immigration and changes seems to be mainly related to higher sodium intake in the Western diet.
P A Modesti; C Tamburini; M I Hagi; I Cecioni; A Migliorini; G G Neri Serneri
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of hypertension     Volume:  8     ISSN:  0895-7061     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Hypertens.     Publication Date:  1995 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-06-29     Completed Date:  1995-06-29     Revised Date:  2009-02-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8803676     Medline TA:  Am J Hypertens     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  201-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Clinica Medica I, University of Florence, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Pressure / physiology*
Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory
Circadian Rhythm / physiology*
Emigration and Immigration
Longitudinal Studies
Retrospective Studies
Somalia / ethnology

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