White Coat Hypertension

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

White coat hypertension, more commonly known as white coat syndrome, is a phenomenon in which patients exhibit a blood pressure level above the normal range, in a clinical setting, though they dont exhibit it in other settings. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

White coat hypertension is a condition that occurs when the blood pressure readings at your doctors office are higher than they are in other settings, such as your home.

It was thought that white coat hypertension was caused by the stress that doctors appointments can create. Once youd left the doctors office, if your blood pressure normalized, the thought was that there wasnt a problem.

The cardiovascular risk associated with white coat hypertension may be slightly higher compared with having a normal blood pressure at all times. The same may be true for people who have masked hypertension, meaning their blood pressure is normal at the doctors office, but spikes periodically when measured in other settings.

If you have white coat hypertension, talk to your doctor about home monitoring of your condition. Your doctor may ask you to wear a blood pressure monitor. This can help determine if your high blood pressure only occurs in the doctors office or if its a persistent condition that needs treatment.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.