Blood pressure monitoring outside the clinic provides insight into cardiovascular health of people with chronic kidney disease

People with chronic kidney disease are likely to have uncontrolled blood pressure both in and outside of the clinic, according to a published study in the Clinical Journal of American Society of Nephrology.

Researchers monitored blood pressure with a device that records blood pressure readings while people participate in daily activities and sleep. They then analyzed the data from the 561 African Americans who were enrolled in the NHLBI-funded Jackson Heart Study. Participants included those with and without chronic kidney disease.

In addition to the main study finding, researchers also found that participants who had kidney disease and uncontrolled ambulatory blood pressure had a higher prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy, which is a marker of cardiovascular disease. The study was funded by NHLBI.