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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.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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