Discovery of New Blood Pressure Phenotypes and Relation to Accuracy of Cuff Devices Used in Daily Clinical Practice
Cuff blood pressure (BP) is the reference standard for management of high BP, but the method is inaccurate and can lead to BP misclassification. The aims of this study were to determine whether distinctive BP phenotypes exist based on BP transmission (amplification) variability from central-to-peripheral arteries and whether applying one standard cuff BP measurement approach (eg, oscillometry) to all people could discriminate the BP phenotypes. Intra-arterial BP was measured at the ascending aorta and brachial and radial arteries in 126 participants (61±10 years; 69% male) after coronary angiography. Central-to-peripheral systolic BP (SBP) transmission (SBP amplification) was defined by ≥5 mm Hg SBP increase between the aorta-to-brachial or brachial-to-radial arteries. Standard cuff BP was measured 4 different times using 3 different devices. Three independent investigators also provided data (n=255 from 4 studies) using another 3 separate cuff BP devices. Four distinct BP phenotypes were discovered based on variability in SBP amplification: phenotype 1, both aortic-to-brachial and brachial-to-radial SBP amplification; phenotype 2, only aortic-to-brachial SBP amplification; phenotype 3, only brachial-to-radial SBP amplification; and phenotype 4, neither aortic-to-brachial nor brachial-to-radial SBP amplification. Aortic SBP was significantly higher among phenotypes 3 and 4 compared with phenotypes 1 and 2 (P=0.00074), but this was not discriminated using any standard cuff BP measures (P=0.31). Data from independent investigators confirmed the key findings. This is the first-in-human discovery of BP phenotypes that have significantly different BPs, but which are not discriminated by standard cuff BP devices used in daily clinical practice. Improved BP device accuracy may be achieved by considering individual phenotypic BP differences.
- Received December 5, 2017.
- Revision received January 4, 2018.
- Accepted February 27, 2018.
- © 2018 American Heart Association, Inc.