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J Assoc Physicians India. 2017 Mar;65(3):67-71.

Blood Pressure Variability in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus with Hypertension: Treatment Recommendations and Role of Amlodipine.

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Consultant Endocrinologist, CARE Hospitals, Hyderabad, Telangana.
Director and Consultant Endocrinologist, Excel Centre, Guwahati, Assam.
Chairman, Cardiovascular Sciences & Chief Cardiologist at Citizens Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana.


Recently, blood pressure variability (BPV) has gained focus owing to its role in predicting cardiovascular (CV) outcomes. Additionally, alterations in BPV contribute to the progression of end organ damage and trigger vascular events in hypertensive patients. Therefore, amelioration of BPV is considered a potentially important target and different classes of drugs are used to achieve the desired blood pressure (BP) goal. Based on several studies and clinical trials, treatments with CCB such as amlodipine have been found to be most effective in the management of BPV in hypertensive patients with diabetes. Growing evidence substantiates the role of amlodipine in significant reduction of BPV, thus, lowering the risk of diabetes related complications. This review sheds light on the importance of BPV reduction and the effectiveness of amlodipine in preventing cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in hypertensive patients with diabetes.

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