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Brachial-to-radial SBP amplification: implications of age and estimated central blood pressure from radial tonometry


Picone, DS and Climie, RED and Ahuja, KDK and Keske, MA and Sharman, JE, Brachial-to-radial SBP amplification: implications of age and estimated central blood pressure from radial tonometry, Journal of Hypertension, 33, (9) pp. 1876-1883. ISSN 0263-6352 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health

DOI: doi:10.1097/HJH.0000000000000637


Objectives: The reference standard for noninvasive estimation of central blood pressure (BP) is radial tonometry calibrated using brachial SBP and DBP. Brachial-to-radial-SBP amplification (B-R-SBPAmp) may introduce error into central BP estimation, but the magnitude of such amplification is uncertain. This study aimed to determine the magnitude and effect of ageing on B-R-SBPAmp; the effect of B-R-SBPAmp on radial tonometry estimated central SBP; and correlates of B-R-SBPAmp.

Methods: Forty young (28  5 years) and 20 older (60  8 years) healthy participants underwent brachial and radial artery ultrasound to identify SBP from the first Doppler flow inflection during BP cuff deflation (first Korotkoff sound). Impedance cardiography, ultrasound, tonometry and anthropometric data were collected to explore B-R-SBPAmp correlates.

Results: Radial SBP was significantly higher than brachial SBP in younger (118  12 versus 110  10 mm Hg; P< 0.001) and older (135  12 versus 121  11 mm Hg; P <  0.001) participants. The magnitude of B-R-SBPAmp (radial minus brachial SBP) was higher in older than younger participants (14  7 versus 8  7 mm Hg; P< 0.002), independent of sex and heart rate. Estimated central SBP was higher in both age groups when radial waveforms were recalibrated using radial (versus brachial) SBP (P< 0.001). The central SBP change relative to B-R-SBPAmp was associated with augmentation index (r= 0.739, P< 0.001), independent of age, sex and heart rate. Age, male sex and high-density lipoprotein each positively related to B-R-SBPAmp in multiple regression analysis (P<0.05).

COonclusions: Major B-R-SBPAmp occurs in healthy people and is higher with increasing age. Furthermore, B-R-SBPAmp contributes to underestimation of radial tonometry derived central SBP.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aorta, blood pressure determination, blood pressure/physiology, haemodynamics/physiology, vascular stiffness
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Picone, DS (Dr Dean Picone)
UTAS Author:Climie, RED (Dr Rachel Climie)
UTAS Author:Ahuja, KDK (Dr Kiran Ahuja)
UTAS Author:Keske, MA (Dr Michelle Keske)
UTAS Author:Sharman, JE (Professor James Sharman)
ID Code:103154
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:31
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2015-09-23
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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