Let's chat about White Coat Syndrome Hypertension
Have you noticed your blood pressure spiking up only at the doctor's office but within normal range at home? You may have what we call "White Coat Syndrome Hypertension"
White coat syndrome occurs when patients’ blood pressure is clinically elevated but otherwise normal outside clinic. Several evidence based studies have shown that the cardiovascular risk factors for patients with white coat syndrome is comparable to that of normotensive patients. Some patients with proven white-coat syndrome will have actual hypertension a few years later, but many more will remain normotensive. The British National institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines advocate that every person with elevated office blood pressure aged >18 years old undergo ambulatory blood pressure monitoring to rule out diagnoses of white coat- syndrome hypertension. Patient are encouraged to adopt a healthy lifestyle as part of preventative measure.