Although the circadian variation of catecholamine has been reported, that of the pulse wave velocity (PWV) has not. Brachial ankle (ba) PWV is associated with well-established indices of central stiffness. It is not known whether arterial stiffness is associated with catecholamine. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the changes in baPWV and those on the plasma epinephrine and norepinephrine levels in the morning and evening in hypertensive patients (HPs) and normotensive subjects (NSs). The baPWV and blood pressure (BP) were measured in 14 NSs (14 males, 39 ± 5 years) and 10 HPs (9 males and 1 female, 55 ± 13 years) at 06:00 h, noon, 18:00 h, and midnight, respectively. The plasma epinephrine and norepinephrine levels were measured in 14 NSs and 5 HPs at 06:00 h and 18:00 h, respectively. There was no significant difference in BPs at 06:00 h, noon, 18:00 h, and midnight in either NSs or HPs. The baPWV at 06:00 h was significantly lower than that at noon, 18:00 h, and midnight in NSs (P = 0.01, 0.04, and 0.0008, respectively). The plasma epinephrine and norepinephrine levels at 06:00 h were markedly lower than those at 18:00 h in NSs (P = 0.002 and 0.003, respectively). There were no significant changes in the baPWV of HPs at 06:00 h, noon, 18:00 h, or midnight. The plasma epinephrine and norepinephrine levels at 06:00 h were notably lower than those at 18:00 h in HPs (P = 0.004 and 0.01, respectively). Only NSs showed a significant reduction in the baPWV with a decrease in the plasma catecholamine levels in the morning, suggesting that the baPWV of NSs may be correlated with the variation of the plasma catecholamine levels.
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