Association of the auscultatory gap with vascular disease in hypertensive patients
Blood Pressure Determination
Carotid Artery Diseases
This study provides strong evidence that auscultatory gaps are related to carotid atherosclerosis and to increased arterial stiffness in hypertensive patients, independent of age. Although these observations need to be confirmed prospectively, they suggest that auscultatory gaps may have prognostic relevance.