white coat hypertension

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white coat hypertension

frequent or continuous elevations of blood pressure in clinical settings that exceed those measured during ambulatory monitoring of the patient.
Synonym(s): office hypertension
A transient increase in blood pressure that occurs in apprehensive patients on seeing a ‘white coat’, especially if the patient is female and the doctor male. This may result in mislabelling the patient as having hypertension and treating as such

white coat hypertension

Office hypertension A transient ↑ in blood pressure that occurs in apprehensive Pts on seeing a 'white coat', especially if the Pt is ♀ and the doctor ♂, possibly resulting in inappropriate anti-hypertensive therapy. Cf Pseudohypertension, Small cuff syndrome.

white coat hy·per·ten·sion

(wīt kōt hī'pĕr-ten'shŭn)
Frequent or continuous elevations of blood pressure in clinical settings that exceed those measured during ambulatory monitoring of the patient.
Synonym(s): office hypertension.

white coat hypertension

A rise in blood pressure induced by the act of measuring it. People who react in this way show a higher pressure when it is measured by a doctor or nurse than they show on 24-hour ambulatory monitoring measurements that are recorded on a cassette. Assuming the latter method shows acceptable levels, white coat hypertension will usually not require treatment, but close follow-up is required as affected people may develop later complications such as kidney impairment or enlargement of the left ventricle of the heart.
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A You have what's called white coat syndrome - your blood pressure rises with the proximity of a doctor or nurse because you become anxious.
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Patient's stress and fear when they see a medical practitioner or visit a dentist's clinic may result in elevation of arterial blood pressure termed as White Coat Syndrome.
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Newer blood pressure monitoring devices for the office are available that obviate artificially high readings caused by errors in technique and by white coat syndrome.
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IF tests have excluded everything else, it is probably White Coat Syndrome - your blood pressure spikes temporarily from anxiety.
Anyhow, the reason for it featuring for the second time in this column is that I finally bit the bullet and confronted my white coat syndrome by booking myself a chiropodist's appointment.