If your blood pressure jumps at the sight of a doctor’s or nurse’s uniform, does that mean you’ve got white coat hypertension? Family physician David Brill, DO, provides The Short Answer.
It’s important to diagnose and treat high blood pressure, which is also known as hypertension. It increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure and death.
Patients often ask whether so-called “white coat” hypertension is anything to be worried about. This is a phenomenon in which people have a higher-than-normal blood pressure reading only at the doctor’s office, while their blood pressure is normal under more relaxed conditions at home.