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International Journal of Hypertension
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 6265823, 5 pages
Research Article

Comparison between Central and Brachial Blood Pressure in Hypertensive Elderly Women and Men

Postgraduate Program in Health Sciences, The Federal University of Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG, Brazil

Correspondence should be addressed to SebastiĆ£o Rodrigues Ferreira Filho

Received 4 April 2017; Accepted 17 August 2017; Published 20 September 2017

Academic Editor: Markus P. Schlaich

Copyright © 2017 Bruno Bordin Pelazza and Sebastião Rodrigues Ferreira Filho. 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.


Aim. To compare the values of central and brachial systemic blood pressure (SBP) between women and men over 60 years of age with systemic arterial hypertension. Methods. This study was a quantitative, descriptive, cross-sectional study with elderly patients admitted to and selected from spontaneous and scheduled demand at basic health units in Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brazil, between March 2013 and March 2014. We included 69 study participants and compared central and brachial SBP using a Sphygmocor® XCEL device (AtCor Medical, Sydney, Australia). Results. Significant differences were found in the blood pressure values of the whole population in the central versus brachial systolic blood pressure (SP) [140(21) versus 153(23) mmHg] and in the central versus brachial pulse pressure (PP) [55(18) versus 70(18) mmHg]. Additionally, females exhibited higher blood pressure levels than males [central SP 144(23) versus 134(16) mmHg and brachial SP 161(26) versus 148(18) mmHg and central PP 62(17) versus 45(14) mmHg and brachial PP 80(21) versus 63(15) mmHg, resp.]. Conclusion. Elderly women exhibited higher blood pressure values than elderly hypertensive men.