While the majority of cross-sectional publications report that central blood pressure (BP) is more closely
associated with end organ damage, which includes left ventricular hypertrophy, carotid atherosclerosis, and brain and
renal damage, than is peripheral BP, the superiority of central BP over peripheral BP has not been consistently observed in
recent studies. This discrepancy may be due to a recent finding demonstrating the negative impact of obesity and obesityrelated
disorders on central BP. Longitudinal studies are therefore necessary to demonstrate the clinical usefulness of
central over peripheral BP in assessing the progression of end-organ damage.
Keywords: End-organ damage, left ventricular hypertrophy, carotid atherosclerosis, brain small vessel disease, renal damage, Hypertrophy, retina arteriovenous index
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