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The Effect of Night Shift on Blood Pressure in Healthcare Workers [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2024; 52(4): 269-273 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2024.55484

The Effect of Night Shift on Blood Pressure in Healthcare Workers

Akın Torun1, Almina Erdem1, Şahhan Kılıç1, Feyza Betül Çetinkaya1, Volkan Çamkıran2, Ahmet Lütfüllah Orhan1
1Department of Cardiology, Sultan II. Abdulhamid Han Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Türkiye
2Bahcesehir University Goztepe Medical Park Hospital, İstanbul, Türkiye

Individuals across all age groups may experience elevated blood pressure due to a combination of internal and environmental factors. Factors influencing arterial pressure include diet, stress, sleep patterns, and lifestyle. This study aims to investigate the susceptibility to high blood pressure among occupational groups working night shifts.

The study included healthcare worker participants who had at least six night shifts per month. A control group consisted of participants performing the same roles during daytime. Participants with chronic diseases or those taking blood pressure-affecting medication were excluded. Holter recordings were made over a minimum of 48 hours, including both a free day and a work day.

The study involved 114 participants—55 in the study group and 59 in the control group. Statistically significant differences were noted between the groups in the daylight-night ratios of systolic and diastolic pressures, with P values of 0.006 and 0.005, respectively. The systolic daylight-night difference was -5.7 ± 5.5% in the study group and -9.0 ± 7.0% in the control group. The diastolic daylight-night difference was -7.9 ± 9.6% in the study group and -12.7 ± 8.2% in the control group.

Occupations with nighttime work schedules are often associated with non-dipping blood pressure patterns due to sleep disturbances. It is crucial to consider the blunted dipping of blood pressure induced by night shift work when assessing and monitoring hypertension and related medical conditions.

Keywords: Blood pressure, night shift, cardiovascular risk, healthcare workers, hypertension

How to cite this article
Akın Torun, Almina Erdem, Şahhan Kılıç, Feyza Betül Çetinkaya, Volkan Çamkıran, Ahmet Lütfüllah Orhan. The Effect of Night Shift on Blood Pressure in Healthcare Workers. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2024; 52(4): 269-273

Corresponding Author: Akın Torun
Manuscript Language: English

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