Â Â Â It's estimated one in three Americans
suffers from high blood pressure or hypertension... for some patients
their measurements go up the minute they walk through the door of
their doctor's office.
â€œThis is what we call white coat
hypertension actually and it is a real syndrome that we see not
infrequently in our clinical practice.â€
Â Â Â Hypertension Specialist Dr. Rhian Touyz
says in some stressful situations the nervous system may trigger
blood pressure to go up. Doctors say over time it could put a patient
at higher risk for a serious illness.
â€œPatients with white coat
hypertension have similar risks with respect to cardiovascular
outcomes, stroke, heart disease as patients with essential
Â Â Â In other words... traditional high
blood pressure. If a doctor suspects it might be white coat
hypertension, a patient may be asked to wear a special blood pressure
â€œThe device allows us to measure
blood pressure every 10 to 15 minutes over 24 hours.â€
Â Â Â Touyz suggests another method might be
to check your own blood pressure reading at home or at a drug store
and keep a diary to share with your doctor.
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