Features June 2011 Issue

Resistant Hypertension Diagnosis May Mask Actual Condition

Research shows that many patients diagnosed with resistant hypertension may actually have “white coat hypertension.”

If you have been diagnosed with resistant hypertension you instead might be suffering from "white-coat hypertension." A study published online March 28 in Hypertension examined 8,295 patients who were identified with resistant hypertension, which occurs when blood pressure remains high—above 140/90 mm HG—despite taking at least three different antihypertensive medications. The University of Barcelona researchers who led the study discovered that 37.5 percent of this group actually suffered from white coat hypertension, a condition where stress and/or anxiety related to doctor office visits temporarily raises blood pressure to high levels.

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