Paper Information

Journal:   IRANIAN HEART JOURNAL (IHJ)   Winter 2003 , Volume 4 , Number 4; Page(s) 39 To 43.
 
Paper: 

THE EFFECT OF ONE-DAY RAMADAN FAST ON BLOOD PRESSURE OF HYPERTENSIVE PATIENTS

 
 
Author(s):  KHOSROU PANAH SHAHDAD*, ASHRAF F., HANDJANI A. M.
 
* Shiraz-Iran
 
Abstract: 
Background- The month of Ramadan is the ninth lunar month of the Islamic calendar, ‎during which every year millions of Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. These ‎fasting episodes are associated with changes in sleeping pattern, medication timing, ‎and extra prayers at night, etc. The goal of this work was to evaluate the safety of ‎Ramadan fast with respect to blood pressure for treated hypertensive patients‏.‏‎
‎ Method- This study included 21 controlled hypertensive patients on single or twice-‎daily medications; each volunteered to perform 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure ‎monitoring (ABPM) twice: during Ramadan and 2 months after Ramadan during a ‎non-fasting day. Mean average awake/asleep and 24-hour blood pressure, also systolic ‎and diastolic load, dipper vs. non-dipper were compared between the two groups‏.‏ Result- There were no significant changes between any of these variables (P=1.00) in ‎the two measurement periods‏.‏‎
‎ Conclusion- It seems that treated hypertensive patients can be safely assured that with ‎the continuation of pervious medication(s), Ramadan fast can be observed without the ‎need for further work up (Iranian Heart Journal 2003; 4 (4):39-43).‎
 
Keyword(s): RAMADAN M FASTING M BLOOD PRESSURE N HYPERTENSION
 
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