White coat syndrome could bring on high blood pressure readings

(Diabetes.co.uk) — Recent findings from a study in Spain showed that up to a third of patients may suffer from what has been termed ‘white coat syndrome’. The term has been coined to describe people who register high blood pressure readings as a result of the stress in having their blood pressure measured by a health professional.

A standard blood pressure reading involves a patient having a blood pressure measuring sleeve placed around their arm, which is inflated to a particular pressure and then the pressure of the sleeve released. The sleeve is then able to measure the person’s blood pressure at the particular moment of time, a few seconds, when the sleeve is fully inflated.


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