Association of ambulatory blood pressure with aortic valve and coronary artery calcification

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Objective: We aimed to investigate the effect of ambulatory blood pressure (BP) on aortic valve calcification (AVC) and coronary artery calcification (CAC), which are subclinical atherosclerotic diseases. Methods: In this population-based, cross-sectional study, we assessed office BP, mean ambulatory BP (24-h, awake, and asleep), and variability of ambulatory BP, as determined by the coefficient of variation (awake and asleep). AVC and CAC were quantified using an Agatston score (>0) based on computed tomography scanning. We calculated relative risks (RRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) with a 1-standard deviation increment in each BP index for the presence of AVC and CAC using a multivariate-adjusted Poisson regression with robust error variance. Results: Of 483 participants (mean age: 66.8years), 154 (31.9%) and 310 (64.2%) had AVC and CAC, respectively. The presence of AVC was associated with office systolic BP (SBP; RR, 1.15; 95% CI, 1.03–1.28), awake diastolic BP (DBP) variability (RR, 1.12; 95% CI, 1.01–1.25), and asleep SBP variability (RR, 1.14; 95% CI, 1.03–1.27). The presence of CAC was associated with office SBP (RR, 1.08; 95% CI, 1.01–1.15), mean 24-h SBP (RR, 1.10; 95% CI, 1.04–1.16), mean awake SBP (RR, 1.11; 95% CI, 1.04–1.17), mean asleep SBP (RR, 1.07; 95% CI, 1.01–1.13), and asleep SBP variability (RR, 1.07; 95% CI, 1.01–1.13). Conclusion: These findings highlight the association of ambulatory BP indices with both AVC and CAC, but with different effects on their presences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1344-1351
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Hypertension
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2022


  • ambulatory blood pressure
  • aortic valve calcification
  • blood pressure variability
  • coronary artery calcification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology
  • Internal Medicine


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