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Coronary flow reserve is preserved in white-coat hypertension
  1. D Erdogan1,
  2. H Gullu1,
  3. M Caliskan1,
  4. I Yildirim2,
  5. D Tok1,
  6. H Muderrisoglu1
  1. 1Cardiology Department, Konya Teaching and Medical Research Center, Baskent University, Konya, Turkey
  2. 2Internal Medicine Department, Nephrology Division, Konya Teaching and Medical Research Center, Baskent University, Konya, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Dogan Erdogan
    Cardiology Department, Konya Teaching and Medical Research Center, Baskent University, Hoca Cihan Mah, Saray Cad, No 1, Selcuklu, Konya, Turkey; aydoganer{at}yahoo.com

Abstract

Objectives: To assess the possible influence of white-coat hypertension (WCH) on coronary flow reserve (CFR).

Methods: CFR was measured by means of transthoracic second harmonic Doppler echocardiography in 29 patients with WCH, 32 patients with sustained hypertension and 35 healthy volunteers.

Results: CFR was significantly lower in the sustained hypertension group than in the WCH and the control groups, but it was not different between the WCH and the control groups (2.40 (SD 0.54), 2.77 (0.41) and 2.83 (0.60), respectively).

Conclusion: CFR is preserved in patients with WCH.

  • ABPM, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
  • BP, blood pressure
  • CFR, coronary flow reserve
  • LAD, left anterior descending coronary artery
  • TTDE, transthoracic second harmonic Doppler echocardiography
  • WCH, white-coat hypertension
  • Doppler echocardiography
  • coronary circulation
  • target-organ damage
  • white-coat hypertension

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  • Published Online First 30 December 2005

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