Impaired stress-induced pressure natriuresis is related to left ventricle structure in blacks

Gregory A. Harshfield, Frank A. Treiber, Harry Davis, Gaston K. Kapuku

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The mechanisms through which stress may contribute to the racial difference in the prevalence of essential hypertension and associated target organ damage remain unclear. This study examined differences in stress-induced pressure natriuresis in 69 black and 52 white normotensives age 14 to 27 years, all with a positive family history of hypertension. Urine samples for sodium excretion were collected before and after a series of tasks (video game challenge, forehead cold stimulation). The average blood pressure across the 2 tasks and the average increase in blood pressure to the 2 tasks were calculated. Blacks had higher mean systolic (131 ± 12 versus 126 ± 12 mm Hg, P<0.02) and diastolic (77 ± 8 versus 72 ± 9 mm Hg, P<0.001) blood pressure and a greater average change in systolic blood pressure (15 ± 9 versus 11 ± 7 mm Hg, P<0.04). This was associated with a smaller change in sodium excretion (2 ± 6 versus 7 ± 10 mEq/h, P<0.002). The change in sodium excretion was related to the change in systolic (r=0.31, P<0.03) and diastolic (r=0.27, P<0.05) blood pressure in whites but not in blacks. Relative wall thickness was greater in blacks (0.31 ± 0.04 versus 0.29 ± 0.03, P<0.002). In conclusion, impaired stress-induced pressure natriuresis in blacks may contribute to racial differences in essential hypertension and its sequelae.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)844-847
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2002


  • Blood pressure
  • Echocardiography
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Race
  • Sodium
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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