Various aspects of blood pressure variability

  • D. P. Veerman


Blood pressure is one of the most variable parameters in medicine; every clinician is familiar with the experience that routine office blood pressure readings obtained within a time span of several minutes can differ considerably (2,3,9,65). But also when studied in more detail, for instance by recording continuous beat-to-beat blood pressure, one is immediately struck by the fact that the systolic and diastolic values of every beat are different from their predecessors (34). This poses a problem for the clinician who attempts to extract a meaningful value of a series of readings of the blood pressure of a patient (9,25, 65). To evade this problem various tools have been developed, e.g. self- or home monitoring of blood pressure or ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.


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  • D. P. Veerman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyFree University HospitalAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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