Steven J. Rosansky, MD
To the Editors: Most hypertensive and nonhypertensive subjects studied with 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring have a reproducible decrease in blood pressure during sleep. This normal diurnal pattern may be absent in one of three elderly subjects (1); pregnant subjects with pre-eclampsia; patients with malignant hypertension, sleep apnea, the Cushing syndrome, diabetes mellitus, orthostatic hypotension, or congestive heart failure; and cardiac transplant recipients (2). Patients with autonomic nervous system dysfunction may also lack a normal nocturnal decline in blood pressure (3).
We compared 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure data recorded from Spacelabs 90202 monitors (Redmond, Washington) in 11 patients with hypertension
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Rosansky SJ. Nocturnal Hypertension in Patients Receiving Chronic Hemodialysis. Ann Intern Med. 1991;114:96. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-1-96_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(1):96.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Hypertension, Nephrology, Renal Replacement Therapy.
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