Table 1

 Clinical characteristics

Control groupHypertensive groupp Value
Data are mean (SD).
BP, blood pressure; NS, not significant.
Number3040
Age (years)54 (7)56 (10)NS
Smoking (yes/no)6/2412/28NS
Men/women17/1321/19NS
Body surface area (m2)1.75 (0.10)1.95 (0.21)0.05
Systolic BP (mm Hg)122 (10)145 (16)0.001
Diastolic BP (mm Hg)80 (9)92 (11)0.001
Heart rate (beats/min)68 (9)66 (10)NS
Cholesterol (mmol/l)5.3 (1.1)5.6 (1.2)NS
Creatinine (μmol/l)82 (18)85 (21)NS