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Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 7816830, 5 pages
Research Article

Can Ambulatory Blood Pressure Variability Contribute to Individual Cardiovascular Risk Stratification?

1Department for Internal Medicine IV, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Tîrgu Mureş, Strada Gheorghe Marinescu No. 1, 3rd Floor, 540103 Tîrgu Mureş, Romania
2Faculty of Technical and Human Sciences, Sapientia University of Transylvania, Şoseaua Sighişoarei 1/C, 540485 Tîrgu Mureş, Romania

Received 10 January 2016; Revised 26 March 2016; Accepted 18 April 2016

Academic Editor: Luca Faes

Copyright © 2016 Annamária Magdás et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. The aim of this study is to define the normal range for average real variability (ARV) and to establish whether it can be considered as an additional cardiovascular risk factor. Methods. In this observational study, 110 treated hypertensive patients were included and admitted for antihypertensive treatment adjustment. Circadian blood pressure was recorded with validated devices. Blood pressure variability (BPV) was assessed according to the ARV definition. Based on their variability, patients were classified into low, medium, and high variability groups using the fuzzy -means algorithm. To assess cardiovascular risk, blood samples were collected. Characteristics of the groups were compared by ANOVA tests. Results. Low variability was defined as ARV below 9.8 mmHg (32 patients), medium as 9.8–12.8 mmHg (48 patients), and high variability above 12.8 mmHg (30 patients). Mean systolic blood pressure was 131.2 ± 16.7, 135.0 ± 12.1, and 141.5 ± 11.4 mmHg in the low, medium, and high variability groups, respectively (). Glomerular filtration rate was 78.6 ± 29.3, 74.8 ± 26.4, and in the low, medium, and high variability groups, respectively (). Conclusion. Increased values of average real variability represent an additional cardiovascular risk factor. Therefore, reducing BP variability might be as important as achieving optimal BP levels, but there is need for further studies to define a widely acceptable threshold value.