Body mass index and hypertension hemodynamic subtypes in the adult US population

Julio A. Chirinos, Stanley S. Franklin, Raymond R. Townsend, Leopoldo Raij

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Background: Obesity produces various hemodynamic abnormalities that may impact hypertension subtypes. Similarly, the study of hypertension subtypes provides important information regarding the relative importance of hemodynamic abnormalities contributing to obesity-related hypertension. Methods: Cross-sectional analysis of adults enrolled in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) (n=16 545) and NHANES 1999 2004 (n = 12137). We examined the relationship between body mass index (BMI) (calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared) and the risk of hypertension and hemodynamic subtypes: isolated systolic hypertension (ISH), isolated diastolic hy- pertension(IDH),and systodiastolic hypertension (SDH). Results: In NHANES 1999-2004, the odds ratio (OR) for hypertension for every 5-unit increase in BMI was 1.45 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.39-1.52) (P<.001). However, the magnitude of the relative increase in the odds of hypertension was higher among younger adults. Among patients with hypertension, increasing BMI was a significant predictor of IDH or SDH (OR for IDH or SDH, 1.04; 95% CI, 1.02-1.06) (P<.001), as opposed to ISH. Isolated systolic hypertension represented a minority of hypertension cases in obese men (38.9%; 95% CI, 30.947.6) but remained the most prevalent type in obese women (62.1%; 95% CI, 52.4%-71.0%) (P<.001), despite a significant relative decrease in the frequency of ISH with increasing BMI in both sexes. Findings in NHANES III were very similar. Conclusions: Isolated diastolic hypertension and SDH account for most cases of obesity-related hypertension, suggesting that determinants of mean arterial pressure account for the major burden of obesity-related hypertension in US adult men. These findings should be considered in the design of clinical trials and therapeutic strategies for obesity-related hypertension. Further studies should assess determinants of mean arterial pressure in obesity and the role of sex in the pathogenesis of obesity- related hypertension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)580-586
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of internal medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 23 2009
Externally publishedYes

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