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Submaximal exercise blood pressure and cardiovascular structure in adolescence


Schultz, MG and Park, C and Fraser, A and Howe, LD and Jones, S and Rapala, A and Davey Smith, G and Sharman, JE and Lawlor, DA and Chaturvedi, N and Deanfield, J and Hughes, AD, Submaximal exercise blood pressure and cardiovascular structure in adolescence, International Journal of Cardiology, 275 pp. 152-157. ISSN 0167-5273 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ijcard.2018.10.060


Purpose: Dynamic exercise results in increased systolic blood pressure (BP). Irrespective of resting BP, some individuals may experience exaggerated rise in systolic BP with exercise, which in adulthood is associated with risk of hypertension, and cardiovascular (CV) disease. It is unknown if exercise BP is associated with markers of CV structure during adolescence. We examined this question in a large adolescent cohort taking account of the possible confounding effect of body composition and BP status.

Methods: 4036 adolescents (mean age 17.8  0.4 years, 45% male), part of a UK population-based birth cohort study completed a sub-maximal step-test with BP immediately post-exercise. Sub-samples underwent comprehensive echocardiography for assessment of cardiac structure; arterial structure including aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV) and carotid intima-media thickness; and assessment of body composition by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA).

Results: Each 5 mm Hg higher post-exercise systolic BP was associated with CV structure, including 0.38 g/m2.7 (95% CI: 0.29, 0.47) greater left-ventricular mass index (LVMI), and 0.04 m/s (95% CI: 0.03, 0.04) greater aortic PWV. Adjustment for age, total body fat, lean mass and BP status attenuated, but did not abolish associations with LVMI (0.14 g/m2.7 per 5 mm Hg of post-exercise systolic BP; 95% CI 0.21, 0.39) or aortic PWV (0.03 m/s per 5 mm Hg of post-exercise systolic BP; 95% CI: 0.02, 0.04).

Conclusion: Submaximal exercise systolic BP is associated with markers of CV structure in adolescents. Given the clinical relevance of exercise BP in adulthood, such associations may have implications for CV disease screening in young people and risk in later life.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ALSPAC, adolescent, body composition, echocardiography, exercise, hypertension
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:Schultz, MG (Dr Martin Schultz)
UTAS Author:Sharman, JE (Professor James Sharman)
ID Code:131596
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2019-03-26
Last Modified:2019-04-03
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