HYPOTHESIS: Exaggerated blood pressure response (EBPR) during the exercise treadmill test is a clinical marker for hypertension.
METHODS: a historical cohort of normotensive individuals was evaluated. One group had a normotensive response, the other a hypertensive response. At the end of the observation period (41.7 months = 3.5 years), the development of hypertension was analyzed within the two groups.
RESULTS: EBPR during ETT was found to not be an independent risk factor for the development of hypertension. The risk of developing hypertension increased with increasing body mass index (BMI) and advancing age.
CONCLUSION: EBPR did not constitute an independent risk factor for hypertension and is probably a normal variant.
Braz J Med Biol Res. 2013 Apr;46(4):368-47