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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology

Effect of visceral fat on nighttime blood pressure

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Author Details : Priyadarshni D., Ambarish V.

Volume : 5, Issue : 1, Year : 2018

Article Page : 138-143

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Introduction: Nighttime blood pressure is lower compared to that of daytime. Reduction in this blood pressure is a physiological phenomenon. Nighttime blood pressure is a better predictor of outcome than daytime pressure with respect to cardiovascular events. Visceral fat has been shown to be associated with various aspects of blood pressure.

Aim: To assess the effect of visceral fat on nighttime blood pressure in normal individuals.
Materials and Methods: This study included 20 subjects. Visceral fat was measured and ambulatory blood pressure was recorded from 10 pm to 2 hours after waking up for a minimum of 8 hours. Data was analyzed using SPSS Version 17. Pearson’s correlation was used to find the correlation between visceral fat and other parameters. p value < 0.05 was considered as statistically significant.
Results: There were 20 subjects, 15 females, 5 males. Pearson’s correlation shows a significant positive correlation between visceral fat and average nighttime systolic blood pressure (r=0.747, p=<0.001), visceral fat and average diastolic blood pressure (r=0.598, p =<0.005), visceral fat and average mean arterial pressure (r=0.673, p = <0.001)
Conclusion: This study showed that visceral fat is significantly associated with nighttime blood pressure which has a prognostic significance.

Keywords: Visceral fat, Night-time blood pressure.

Doi : 10.18231/2394-2126.2018.0034

How to cite : Priyadarshni D., Ambarish V., Effect of visceral fat on nighttime blood pressure. Indian J Clin Anat Physiol 2018;5(1):138-143

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