white coat hypertension

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white coat hypertension

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white coat hypertension


A transient increase in blood pressure seen in apprehensive patients on seeing a “white coat”, especially if the patient is female and the doctor male.

This form of pseudohypertension may result in inappropriate anti-hypertensive therapy, which can be prevented by either having a nurse or technician measure the pressure or by measuring it after a physical examination. 

Synonym Office hypertension 

One of the first papers on this phenomenon was written by WB White JAMA 1989; 261:873, begging the question ‘If White’s white coat could coat white, how many coats of white could White’s coat coat?’ 

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