‘White Coat’ Syndrome Is Real

Blood Pressure That Spikes at Doctor’s Office May Mean Higher Risk
White coat syndrome

By: Steven Nissen, MD

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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.

While this pattern was once thought to be relatively benign, it actually is not

It’s important to pay attention to elevated blood pressure that occurs only when visiting your cardiologist or other physician, because studies have found that people with this condition have a higher risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and stroke.

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