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Human Studies

2022 May 26

Int J Environ Res Public Health



Circadian Variation of Blood Pressure in Patients with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: A Cross-Sectional Study.


Navarro-Ledesma S, Gonzalez-Muñoz A, García Ríos M C, de la Serna D, Pruimboom L
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 May 26; 19(11).
PMID: 35682067.


The aim of this study was to analyze the impact of circadian variation of blood pressure (BP) in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain (CPM). A further purpose was to study differences in circadian variation of BP between genders and the correlation between BP circadian variation and pain. We performed a cross-sectional, observational study in which seventy-five participants with CMP participated. Circadian variation in BP was calculated using the diurnal/nocturnal BP ratio, and all participants used validated self-measurement BP devices. The Numeric Pain Rating Scale was used to assess pain perception. All circadian BP values from participants who suffered from CPM followed pathologic cardiovascular parameters (BP ratio < 10%). When comparing BP ratios between genders, statistically significant differences were found ( = 0.011). BP itself did not correlate with pain in any subgroup. Circadian variations of BP in those suffering from CMP are shown and new possibilities of research and treatment are proposed.