Is the absence of a normal nocturnal fall in blood pressure (nondipping) associated with cardiovascular target organ damage?
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Hypertrophy, Left Ventricular
The lack of a normal nocturnal fall in blood pressure is not associated with an increase in left ventricular mass or in arterial disease independently of age. Age-related changes in carotid artery wall thickness and plaque among nondippers may reflect a contribution of an altered baroreceptor function to the lack of normal nocturnal and supine blood pressure decreases.