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Niiranen Teemu J.; Thijs, Lutgarde; Asayama, Kei; Johansson, Jouni K.; Ohkubo, Takayoshi; Kikuya, Masahiro; Boggia, José; Hozawa, Atsushi; Sandoya, Edgardo; Stergiou, George S.; Tsuji, Ichiro; Jula, Antti M.; Imai, Yutaka; Staessen, Jan A.; on behalf of the IDHOCO investigators
Journal of Hypertension: September 2012
doi: 10.1097/01.hjh.0000420910.28591.3d


Our objective was to construct the International Database of HOme blood pressure in relation to Cardiovascular Outcome (IDHOCO). The main goal of this database is to determine outcome-based diagnostic thresholds for the self-measured home blood pressure (BP). Secondary objectives include: investigating the predictive value of white-coat and masked hypertension, morning and evening BP, BP and heart rate variability, and the home arterial stiffness index. We also aim to determine an optimal schedule for home BP measurements that provides the most accurate risk stratification.


Eligible studies are population-based, have fatal as well as nonfatal outcomes available for analysis, comply with ethical standards, and have been previously published in peer-reviewed journals. In a meta-analysis based on individual subject data, composite and cause-specific cardiovascular events will be related to various indexes derived by home BP measurement. The analyses will be stratified by cohort and adjusted for the clinic BP and established cardiovascular risk factors.


The database includes 6753 subjects from five cohorts recruited in Ohasama, Japan (n = 2777), Finland (n = 2075), Tsurugaya, Japan (n = 836), Didima, Greece (n = 665) and Montevideo, Uruguay (n = 400). In these five cohorts, during a total of 62106 person-years of follow-up (mean 9.2 years), 852 subjects died and 740 participants experienced a fatal or nonfatal cardiovascular event.


IDHOCO provides a unique opportunity to investigate several hypotheses that could not reliably be studied in individual studies. The results of these analyses should be of help to clinicians involved in the management of patients with suspected or established hypertension.

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