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Prognostic superiority of daytime ambulatory over conventional blood pressure in four populations: a meta-analysis of 7030 individuals

Hansen, Tine Wa,f; Kikuya, Masahirob; Thijs, Lutgardec; Björklund-Bodegård, Kristinad; Kuznetsova, Tatianac; Ohkubo, Takayoshib; Richart, Tomc; Torp-Pedersen, Christianf; Lind, Larse; Jeppesen, Jørgenf; Ibsen, Hansf; Imai, Yutakab; Staessen, Jan Acon behalf of the IDACO Investigators

doi: 10.1097/HJH.0b013e3281c49da5

Objective To investigate the multivariate-adjusted predictive value of systolic and diastolic blood pressures on conventional (CBP) and daytime (10–20 h) ambulatory (ABP) measurement.

Methods We randomly recruited 7030 subjects (mean age 56.2 years; 44.8% women) from populations in Belgium, Denmark, Japan and Sweden. We constructed the International Database on Ambulatory blood pressure and Cardiovascular Outcomes.

Results During follow-up (median = 9.5 years), 932 subjects died. Neither CBP nor ABP predicted total mortality, of which 60.9% was due to noncardiovascular causes. The incidence of fatal combined with nonfatal cardiovascular events amounted to 863 (228 deaths, 326 strokes and 309 cardiac events). In multivariate-adjusted continuous analyses, both CBP and ABP predicted cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, cardiac and coronary events. However, in fully-adjusted models, including both CBP and ABP, CBP lost its predictive value (P ≥ 0.052), whereas systolic and diastolic ABP retained their prognostic significance (P ≤ 0.007) with the exception of diastolic ABP as predictor of cardiac and coronary events (P ≥ 0.21). In adjusted categorical analyses, normotension was the referent group (CBP < 140/90 mmHg and ABP < 135/85 mmHg). Adjusted hazard ratios for all cardiovascular events were 1.22 [95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.96–1.53; P = 0.09] for white-coat hypertension (≥ 140/90 and < 135/85 mmHg); 1.62 (95% CI = 1.35–1.96; P < 0.0001) for masked hypertension (< 140/90 and ≥ 135/85 mmHg); and 1.80 (95% CI = 1.59–2.03; P < 0.0001) for sustained hypertension (≥ 140/90 and ≥ 135/85 mmHg).

Conclusions ABP is superior to CBP in predicting cardiovascular events, but not total and noncardiovascular mortality. Cardiovascular risk gradually increases from normotension over white-coat and masked hypertension to sustained hypertension.

aResearch Center for Prevention and Health, Copenhagen, Denmark

bTohoku University Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Medicine, Sendai, Japan

cThe Studies Coordinating Centre, Division of Hypertension and Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

dThe Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences/Geriatrics, Uppsala University, Sweden

eThe Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden

fThe Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark

Received 9 December, 2006

Revised 9 March, 2007

Accepted 4 April, 2007

Correspondence to Jan A. Staessen, Studies Coordinating Centre, Division of Hypertension and Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Leuven, Campus Gasthuisberg, Herestraat 49, Box 702, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium Tel: +32 16 34 7104; fax: +32 16 34 7106; e-mail:

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.