Blood pressure Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Informa Healthcare

Current impact factor: 1.81

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.808
2013 Impact Factor 1.605
2012 Impact Factor 1.391
2011 Impact Factor 1.426
2010 Impact Factor 1.256
2009 Impact Factor 1.773
2008 Impact Factor 1.625
2007 Impact Factor 1.391
2006 Impact Factor 1.124
2005 Impact Factor 1.241
2004 Impact Factor 1.027
2003 Impact Factor 1.391
2002 Impact Factor 1.344
2001 Impact Factor 0.8

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.68
Cited half-life 6.60
Immediacy index 0.48
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.45
Other titles Blood pressure (Online)
ISSN 1651-1999
OCLC 39255905
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: We report the case of a 69-year-old man with uncontrolled multidrug-resistant secondary hypertension following a 10 year history of endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, with suprarenal fixation and concurrent angioplasty with stenting of the left renal artery for atherosclerotic renal disease, and progressive chronic kidney disease. Renal scintigraphy revealed complete loss of the right kidney's and severe reduction of the left kidney's perfusion and function. Following recent evidence and consultation with vascular surgeons regarding the technical difficulties of any procedure, escalation of antihypertensive treatment was initially chosen. Careful drug adjustments significantly improved but did not fully control blood pressure (BP); further, the patient experienced an acute ischaemic stroke and renal function deterioration towards end-stage renal disease within a few months. At this point, revascularization of the left renal artery coupled with three haemodialysis sessions to remove contrast media was justified as rescue therapy against permanent renal replacement therapy. Successful intervention achieved an immediate BP reduction, with BP fully controlled, despite a > 70% decrease in antihypertensive treatment, while renal function improved at 6 months from 11.5 to 22 ml/min/1.73 m(2). Renal angioplasty confers undisputed benefits in BP control and nephroprotection, and should be offered without delay to patients with renovascular hypertension and/or ischaemic nephropathy.
    Blood pressure 11/2015; DOI:10.3109/08037051.2015.1110926
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    ABSTRACT: The Korotkoff approach is the only blood pressure (BP) measurement technique that allows contemporary data to be compared with decades of research. We randomly recruited 4483 people (53.3% women; mean age 52.1 years) from Gaoyou County, Jiangsu Province, China. Nine observers recorded the participants™ BP three times consecutively following Chinese Society of Hypertension guidelines. We assessed the BP phenotype based on five criteria: completeness of readings, percentage of identical BP readings, odd BP readings, end-digit preference and trends in BP from the first to the third reading. The proportion of participants with identical readings were 2.0% and 3.1% for systolic (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP), respectively. Among 26,898 BP values, 0.3% ended in an odd number. Among observers, the prevalence of identical readings varied from 0% to 5.3% for SBP and from 0% to 6.8% for DBP. Compared with the expected frequency of 20%, those ending in 0 had a lower frequency (17.2%; p < 0.001), whereas those ending in 8 had a higher frequency (22.4%; p < 0.001). From the first to the third measurement, SBP and DBP decreased (p < 0.001) by 0.87 and 0.55 mmHg, respectively. In conclusion, the procedures set up in the Gaoyou study produced a high-quality BP phenotype.
    Blood pressure 11/2015; DOI:10.3109/08037051.2015.1110936
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    ABSTRACT: Abnormal left ventricular (LV) geometry is associated with extracardiac organ damage in patients with hypertension. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between LV geometry and white matter lesions (WMLs) in ischemic stroke patients. We retrospectively analyzed data from 155 patients (median age 62; 49.8% male) with mild ischemic stroke (median National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score 4) who underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging and echocardiography. Patients were categorized into four groups: normal LV geometry, concentric remodeling, eccentric left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and concentric LVH. WMLs were graded using the Fazekas scale on fluid-attenuated inversion recovery images. Extensive WMLs were defined as a Fazekas score > 2. Extensive WMLs were more prevalent in patients with concentric LVH, eccentric LVH and concentric remodeling than in those with normal LV geometry. After adjusting for hypertension, age, diabetes mellitus, hypercholesterolemia, glomerular filtration rate and ischemic heart disease, patients with concentric remodeling [odds ratio (OR) 3.94, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.26-12.31, p = 0.02] and those with concentric LVH (OR 3.69, 95% CI 1.24-10.95, p = 0.02), but not patients with eccentric LVH (OR 2.44, 95% CI 0.72-8.29, p = 0.15), had higher risk of extensive WMLs than patients with normal LV geometry.
    Blood pressure 11/2015; DOI:10.3109/08037051.2015.1110927
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    ABSTRACT: We aimed to compare simultaneous invasive and non-invasive blood pressure (IBP and NIBP) measurements in young, middle and old age using the data from the Multiparameter Intelligent Monitoring in Intensive Care II (MIMIC II) database. In total, 23,679 blood pressure measurements were extracted from 742 patients, divided into three groups of young, middle and old age. IBP-NIBP differences in systolic/diastolic blood pressure (SBP/DBP) were 0.1 ± 16.5 mmHg/11.0 ± 12.2 mmHg in young age, -2.9 ± 19.8 mmHg/6.9 ± 17.5 mmHg in middle age and -3.2 ± 29.3 mmHg/8.5 ± 19.8 mmHg in old age. The mean and standard deviation (SD) of invasive systolic blood pressure (ISBP)-non-invasive systolic blood pressure (NISBP) differences increased from young to middle then to old age, and the SD of invasive diastolic blood pressure (IDBP)-non-invasive diastolic blood pressure (NIDBP) differences also increased with age. In young, middle and old age, the correlation coefficients were 0.86, 0.79 and 0.53, respectively, between ISBP and NISBP, and 0.78, 0.78 and 0.41 between IDBP and NIDBP. In conclusion, IBP showed good correlation with NIBP in each age category. The agreement between IBP and NIBP measurements was influenced by age category.
    Blood pressure 11/2015; DOI:10.3109/08037051.2015.1110935
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    ABSTRACT: Background: We aimed to evaluate the relationship between arterial stiffness and left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) in metabolic syndrome (MetS) patients. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 1208 subjects without overt atherosclerotic disease. According to the cardiac ultrasound, patients were divided into two groups: with LVDD (LVDD+, n = 1119) and without LVDD (LVDD-, n = 89). Arterial stiffness parameters [carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV) and aortic augmentation index (AIxHR75)] were assessed by applanation tonometry. Results: In comparison to LVDD-, LVDD + patients were older (55 ± 6 vs 51 ± 6 years, p < 0.001), and had higher cfPWV (8.8 ± 1.6 vs 7.9 ± 1.34 m/s, p < 0.001), AIxHR75 (24.7 ± 10.2 vs 19.7 ± 10, p < 0.001), mean arterial pressure (108 ± 12 vs 101 ± 10 mmHg, p < 0.001), heart rate (66 ± 10 vs 61 ± 9 bpm, p < 0.001), left ventricular mass index (LVMI) (109 ± 24 vs 97 ± 22, p < 0.001) and body mass index (BMI) (32 ± 5 vs 30 ± 4 kg/m(2), p < 0.001). We found significant correlations between cfPWV, AIxHR75 and the ratio of early to late transmitral velocities (E/A) (rcfPWV = -0.19, rAIxHR75 = -0.15, p < 0.001), early diastolic mitral annular velocity (E') (rcfPWV = -0.25, rAIxHR75 = -0.18, p < 0.05) and E/E' ratio (rcfPWV = 0.17, rAIxHR75 = 0.14, p < 0.001). Univariate analysis revealed that the presence of LVDD is associated with age [odds ratio (OR) 1.84], BMI (OR 1.63), waist circumference (WC) (OR 1.52), cfPWV (OR 2.18), AIxHR75 (OR 1.55), mean aortic blood pressure (OR 1.94), aortic pulse pressure (OR 1.78), mean common carotid artery intima-media thickness (OR 1.16), heart rate (OR 1.4) and LVMI (OR 1.79) (all p < 0.05). After performing stepwise multiple logistic regression analysis, only cfPWV and BMI or WC remained significant predictors of the presence of LVDD (p < 0.05). Conclusion: cfPWV is a significant determinant of LVDD in subjects with MetS.
    Blood pressure 11/2015; 25(1):11-20. DOI:10.3109/08037051.2016.1093334
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    ABSTRACT: Many studies have suggested that polymorphisms of three key genes (ACE, AGT and CYP11B2) in the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) play important roles in the development of blood pressure (BP) salt sensitivity, but they have revealed inconsistent results. Thus, we performed a meta-analysis to clarify the association. PubMed and Embase databases were searched for eligible published articles. Fixed- or random-effect models were used to pool odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals based on whether there was significant heterogeneity between studies. In total, seven studies [237 salt-sensitive (SS) cases and 251 salt-resistant (SR) controls] for ACE gene I/D polymorphism, three studies (130 SS cases and 221 SR controls) for AGT gene M235T polymorphism and three studies (113 SS cases and 218 SR controls) for CYP11B2 gene C344T polymorphism were included in this meta-analysis. The results showed that there was no significant association between polymorphisms of these three polymorphisms in the RAAS and BP salt sensitivity under three genetic models (all p > 0.05). The meta-analysis suggested that three polymorphisms (ACE gene I/D, AGT gene M235T, CYP11B2 gene C344T) in the RAAS have no significant effect on BP salt sensitivity.
    Blood pressure 11/2015; DOI:10.3109/08037051.2015.1110923
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    ABSTRACT: Previous studies have debated the notion that low blood pressure (BP) during treatment, particularly diastolic (DBP), is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. We evaluated the impact of low BP on cardiovascular outcomes in a high-risk population of 15,244 hypertensive patients, almost half of whom had a history of coronary artery disease (CAD). In the prospective Valsartan Antihypertensive Long-term Use Evaluation (VALUE) trial, patients were randomized to valsartan or amlodipine regimens and followed for 4.2 years (mean) with no difference in the primary cardiovascular endpoint. A Cox proportional hazards model was used to evaluate the relationship between average on-treatment BP and clinical outcomes. The relationship between BP and cardiovascular events was adjusted for age, gender and body mass index, and baseline qualifying risk factors and diseases (smoking, high total cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, proteinuria, CAD, previous stroke and left ventricular hypertrophy). DBP ≥ 90 mmHg, compared with < 90 mmHg, was associated with increased incidence of the primary cardiovascular endpoint (all cardiac events); however, DBP < 70 mmHg, compared with ≥ 70 mmHg, was not associated with increased incidence after covariate adjustment (no J-shaped curve). Similar results were observed for death, myocardial infarction (MI), heart failure and stroke, considered separately. Nadir for MI was at DBP of 76 mmHg and for stroke 60 mmHg. The ratio of MI to stroke increased with lower DBP. In CAD patients the MI to stroke ratio was more pronounced than in patients without CAD but there was no significant J-curve in either group. Systolic BP ≥ 150 but not < 130 mmHg, compared with 130-149 mmHg, similarly was associated with increased risk for primary outcome. In conclusion, patients in BP strata ≥ 150/90 mmHg, but not patients in BP strata < 130/70 mmHg, were at increased risk for adverse outcomes in this hypertensive, high-risk population. Although benefit in preventing MI in relation to preventing stroke levels off for the lowest BPs, these data provide no support for a J-curve in the treatment of high-risk hypertensive patients . The increase in the ratio of MI to stroke with lower DBP indicates target organ heterogeneity in that the optimal on-treatment DBP for cerebroprotection is below that for cardioprotection.
    Blood pressure 10/2015; DOI:10.3109/08037051.2015.1106750

  • Blood pressure 10/2015; 25(1):1-3. DOI:10.3109/08037051.2016.1096564
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    ABSTRACT: It remains unclear whether the abnormal circadian blood pressure (BP) rhythm in non-diabetic chronic kidney disease (CKD) is related to hypoalbuminemia. We evaluated relationships between circadian BP rhythm and serum albumin concentration (SAC) and also examined autonomic nervous activities. Non-diabetic CKD patients with proteinuria (n = 197; 105 men, 92 women; aged 47.0 ± 13.3 years; estimated glomerular filtration rate ≥30 ml/min) were divided into nephrotic syndrome (NS: n = 46, SAC ≤ 30 g/l), hypoalbuminemia (n = 65, 30 < SAC < 40 g/l) and normoalbuminemia (n = 86, SAC ≥ 40 g/l) groups. Non-proteinuria subjects (n = 97, urinary protein/creatinine ratio < 30 mg/g creatinine) were enrolled as the non-proteinuria group. Ambulatory 24 h BP monitoring was conducted in all subjects. Simultaneously, power spectral analysis of heart rate was performed to evaluate the sympathovagal balance. Waking BP was lower in the hypoalbuminemia and NS groups than the other groups. Sleeping/waking mean BP ratio was not different between non-proteinuria (0.87 ± 0.07) and normoalbuminemia (0.89 ± 0.08) groups, but increased significantly (p < 0.05) in the hypoalbuminemia (0.92 ± 0.08) and NS groups (0.96 ± 0.08). Significant reverse correlations were observed between SAC and sleeping/waking mean BP ratio (r = -0.274, p < 0.001) in all patients. Multivariate regression analysis identified SAC and sympathovagal balance as predictors of increased sleeping/waking BP ratios as the dependent variable. In non-diabetic CKD patients with proteinuria, disturbed circadian BP rhythms were related to SAC and 24 h sympathovagal imbalance.
    Blood pressure 10/2015; 25(1):1-7. DOI:10.3109/08037051.2016.1095916
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined the associations between blood pressure (BP) and event incidence to define optimal BP after endovascular therapy (EVT) in patients who underwent EVT. BP was monitored every 6 months for 5 years, and the patients were divided into two groups by average BP: ≥ 140/90 mmHg and < 140/90 mmHg. The association of BP with several events was examined. Although no significant differences in total mortality were observed between the groups, restenosis rates were significantly higher among patients who did not achieve target BP (36.2%) than among those who did (18.2%) (p < 0.01). The percentage of patients with glycosylated haemoglobin > 7.0% was significantly higher among those who did not achieve target BP in the restenosis group (42.9%) than in the other group (10.8%) (p < 0.01). In the restenosis group, there was a significantly higher percentage of patients taking metformin (p < 0.01) than in the other group. Metformin seemed to be administered to patients with more severe diabetes mellitus. In conclusion, it is important to manage hypertension and diabetes to prevent restenosis after EVT.
    Blood pressure 10/2015; 25(1):1-8. DOI:10.3109/08037051.2016.1093717
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    ABSTRACT: Background: High serum sodium (sNa) concentrations may be associated with hypertension, which deteriorates kidney function. However, it is equivocal whether high sNa concentrations are associated with impaired kidney function independently of blood pressure (BP) or serum chloride (sCl). Therefore, we addressed this issue in an apparently healthy population. Methods: Clinical variables including estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) were examined in 3603 men and women (aged 25-75 years) who underwent health-screening check-ups. sNa concentrations were classified into five categories. Results: Most parameters, including age and BP, increased with increasing sNa, whereas eGFR decreased. Logistic regression analysis showed that, compared with low-normal sNa (≤ 140 mEq/l), high sNa (≥ 144 mEq/l) was significantly associated with elevated BP (≥ 130/85 mmHg) even after adjustment for blood hematocrit, eGFR, serum potassium (sK) concentration and sCl. The highest sNa category was significantly associated with reduced eGFR (< 60 ml/min/1.73 m(2)) independently of elevated BP. Unlike adjustment for sK, adjustment for sCl strengthened the association between high sNa and elevated BP but attenuated the association between high sNa and reduced eGFR. Conclusions: These results suggest that high sNa concentrations, even within the normal range, are independently associated with elevated BP and impaired kidney function. These associations may be substantially modified by sCl.
    Blood pressure 10/2015; 25(1):1-7. DOI:10.3109/08037051.2015.1090711
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    ABSTRACT: Takayasu's arteritis (TA) is a chronic, idiopathic, inflammatory disease affecting the aorta and its branches. To date, only one case involving abdominal aortic thrombosis due to TA has been reported. After bilateral artificial subclavian-iliac bypass, a case of abdominal aortic thrombosis due to TA received a delayed diagnosis in a 44-year-old Chinese male who experienced recurrent episodes of heart failure and uncontrolled hypertension with claudication of two extremities. Abdominal color Doppler sonography and computed tomography aortography (CTA) showed occlusion of the abdominal aorta and bilateral renal artery stenosis. After vascular bypass and during 1 year follow-up, his cardiac function improved and blood pressure was well controlled, with reduced serum creatinine. Postoperative CTA still showed abdominal aortic thrombosis resulting in arterial occlusion extending from the left renal artery initial segment level to the bilateral common iliac artery and the bifurcation of the renal artery, except for the vascular bypass. Abdominal aortic thrombosis due to TA is very rare and potentially life threatening, probably becoming an atherosclerosis risk factor. Doppler sonography and CTA results are important for diagnosis. Artificial vascular bypass can be used for TA in debilitated patients with diffuse aortic disease.
    Blood pressure 08/2015; 24(6):1-7. DOI:10.3109/08037051.2015.1049423
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    ABSTRACT: During physical exercise, pulse transit time (PTT), expressed as the interval between ventricular electrical activity and peripheral pulse wave, may provide a surrogate estimate for blood pressure by the use of specific calibration procedures. The objective of this study was to determine systolic blood pressure (SBP) values derived from the PTT method and from an established method of non-invasive continuous blood pressure measurement based on the volume clamp technique, and to compare their agreement with sphygmomanometry during exercise tests. In 18 subjects, electrocardiogram (ECG) and finger-photoplethysmography were continuously recorded during maximal cycle exercise tests. Intermittent and continuous blood pressure measurements were simultaneously taken using automated sphygmomanometry and a Portapres Model-2 device, respectively. PTT was calculated for each ECG R-wave and the corresponding steepest upstroke slope in the photoplethysmogram, and was transformed to a continuous blood pressure estimate using multipoint nonlinear regression calibration based on the individual subject's sphygmomanometer readings. Bland-Altman limits of agreement between PTT-derived SBP estimates and sphygmomanometer values were -24.7 to 24.1 mmHg, and between Portapres and sphygmomanometer SBP values were -42.0 to 70.1 mmHg. For beat-to-beat SBP estimation during exercise, PTT measurement combined with multipoint nonlinear regression calibration based on intermittent sphygmomanometry may be an alternative to volume clamp devices.
    Blood pressure 07/2015; 24(6):1-8. DOI:10.3109/08037051.2015.1053253
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    ABSTRACT: Sodium overload is related to the development of primary hypertension and its complications. In 131 (65 female) treated hypertensives (average blood pressure 144/82 mmHg and duration of hypertension 11.7 years), we measured peripheral and central arterial pressures, peripheral (AIxP) and central (AIxC1, AIxC2) augmentation indices, pulse-wave velocity (PWV) and daily urinary sodium excretion, and conducted genetic studies of ACE D/I and CYP11B2 C-344T polymorphisms. Proximal (FELi) and distal (FDRNa) sodium reabsorption measurements were performed using endogenous lithium clearance. We found statistically significant interactions between FELi and ACE D/I polymorphism with respect to AIxC2 (PINT = 0.05) and between FELi and CYP11B2 C-344T polymorphism with respect to AIxC1 (PINT = 0.01), AIxC2 (PINT = 0.04) and AIxP (PINT = 0.01). In the group of ACE I allele carriers compared with DD homozygotes, the AIxC1 (154.1 vs 140.6%; p = 0.02), AIxC2 (33.3 vs 26.9%; p = 0.02) and AIxP (94.6 vs 85.2%; p = 0.01) were higher in the subgroup with FELi below the median value (FELi1), but not in the subgroup with FELi above the median value (FELi2). In the group of CYP11B2 TT homozygotes compared with C allele carriers, we observed higher values of AIxC1 (158.5 vs 146.4%; p = 0.03), AIxC2 (36.0 vs 29.4%; p = 0.01) and AIxP (99.0 vs 88.7%; p = 0.005) in the FELi1 but not the FELi2 subgroup. In the population with assumed high dietary sodium intake and long-standing history of hypertension, the relation between proximal sodium reabsorption and the development of arterial stiffness depends on the genetic context of the selected genetic polymorphisms of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, independent of blood pressure.
    Blood pressure 07/2015; 24(5):1-11. DOI:10.3109/08037051.2015.1070476
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    ABSTRACT: The diagnostic recommendation for orthostatic hypotension (OH) is to measure blood pressure during the first 3 min after getting up from a lying position. There are no clear definitions as to the amount of time that the patient should lie down before this, and the number of measurements to be taken in lying and standing positions. The aim of this study was to identify the optimal time to measure blood pressure when lying and standing. This was a prospective study of 99 patients aged 65 years and above in an urban primary care clinic. Blood pressure was measured at 1 min intervals over 10 min in the lying position and 7 min standing. OH was found in 37 patients (37.4%). Of these, 56.8% were identified in the 1st minute, 67.6% after 2 min and 83.8% after 3 min of standing. In all cases, participants with OH were asymptomatic. In the lying position, blood pressure stabilized after 7 min, but when the 7th minute was used as a reference for OH many cases were lost. To optimize the identification of OH, blood pressure should be measured at 1 min intervals over the first 3 min after standing up. The amount of time that patients should lie down before blood pressure is measured standing up still has to be determined.
    Blood pressure 07/2015; DOI:10.3109/08037051.2015.1066998
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to assess the vasoconstrictive effects of adenosine in the kidney microcirculation in hypertensive patients with renal artery stenosis (RAS). Twelve patients with resistant hypertension and moderate RAS were selected for the study. In all patients, systolic, diastolic and mean translesional pressure gradients, distal pressure (Pd), aortic pressure (Pa) and Pd/Pa ratio were measured using a pressure guidewire at baseline and after intrarenal bolus administration of 400 μg adenosine. We observed significant changes in mean translesional pressure gradient and systolic Pd after pharmacological stimulation. The results suggest that in hypertensive patients with RAS, vasomotor activity of the kidney microcirculation may be preserved.
    Blood pressure 06/2015; 24(5):1-5. DOI:10.3109/08037051.2015.1053205