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Nothing innocent about white coat hypertension

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 14 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:647

White coat hypertension may be an early indicator of cardiovascular disease, according to research showing that people whose blood pressure rises in a clinic have similar structural abnormalities to those with persistent hypertension.

Although the jury is still out on what action to take to protect these patients, pressure is mounting for the medical profession to take the phenomenon of white coat hypertension more seriously.

The research, reported in the Lancet (1996;348:654-7) was carried out by a team from the Western Infirmary in Glasgow as part of a trial looking at …

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