Associations of Blood Pressure Dipping Patterns With Left Ventricular Mass and Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in Blacks: The Jackson Heart Study

Abdalla, Marwah; Caughey, Melissa C.; Tanner, Rikki M.; Booth III, John N.; Diaz, Keith; Anstey, David Edmund; Sims, Mario; Ravenell, Joseph; Muntner, Paul; Viera, Anthony J.; Shimbo, Daichi

Background: Abnormal diurnal blood pressure (BP), including nondipping patterns, assessed using ambulatory BP monitoring, have been associated with increased cardiovascular risk among white and Asian adults. We examined the associations of BP dipping patterns (dipping, nondipping, and reverse dipping) with cardiovascular target organ damage (left ventricular mass index and left ventricular hypertrophy), among participants from the Jackson Heart Study, an exclusively black population–based cohort.

Methods and Results: Analyses included 1015 participants who completed ambulatory BP monitoring and had echocardiography data from the baseline visit. Participants were categorized based on the nighttime to daytime systolic BP ratio into 3 patterns: dipping pattern (≤0.90), nondipping pattern (>0.90 to ≤1.00), and reverse dipping pattern (>1.00). The prevalence of dipping, nondipping, and reverse dipping patterns was 33.6%, 48.2%, and 18.2%, respectively. In a fully adjusted model, which included antihypertensive medication use and clinic and daytime systolic BP, the mean differences in left ventricular mass index between reverse dipping pattern versus dipping pattern was 8.3±2.1 g/m2 (P<0.001) and between nondipping pattern versus dipping pattern was −1.0±1.6 g/m2 (P=0.536). Compared with participants with a dipping pattern, the prevalence ratio for having left ventricular hypertrophy was 1.65 (95% CI, 1.05–2.58) and 0.96 (95% CI, 0.63–1.97) for those with a reverse dipping pattern and nondipping pattern, respectively.

Conclusions: In this population‐based study of blacks, a reverse dipping pattern was associated with increased left ventricular mass index and a higher prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy. Identification of a reverse dipping pattern on ambulatory BP monitoring may help identify black at increased risk for cardiovascular target organ damage.


  • thumnail for Abdalla J Am Heart Assoc 2017.pdf Abdalla J Am Heart Assoc 2017.pdf application/pdf 1020 KB Download File

Also Published In

Journal of the American Heart Association

More About This Work

Academic Units
Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health
Published Here
December 15, 2017