The Dilemma of Nocturnal Blood Pressure
Version of Record online: 12 SEP 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
The Journal of Clinical Hypertension
Volume 14, Issue 11, pages 787–791, November 2012
How to Cite
Xu, T., Zhang, Y.-Q. and Tan, X.-R. (2012), The Dilemma of Nocturnal Blood Pressure. The Journal of Clinical Hypertension, 14: 787–791. doi: 10.1111/jch.12003
- Issue online: 5 NOV 2012
- Version of Record online: 12 SEP 2012
- Manuscript received: July 2, 2012; revised: July 7, 2012; accepted: July 17, 2012
J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2012;14:787–791. ©2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
During the past decades, blood pressure (BP) measurement technique has evolved rapidly from the traditionally manual measuring to fully automatic monitoring. In terms of management of BP, there have been tremendous changes from the controlling of daytime BP, nondipping pattern to nocturnal BP (NBP). Since the focus has turned to NBP, a number of dilemmas of NBP measurement have gradually emerged in clinical practice and research settings, including methods for monitoring NBP, different period definition of nocturnal time, different diagnostic thresholds of abnormal NBP, whether to control abnormal NBP, and how to manage abnormal NBP. Currently, these issues have hindered progress in the appropriate management of hypertensive patients. Therefore, the purpose of this review is to concisely discuss the dilemmas of NBP.