Friday, May 7, 2010

Doctors 'cause blood pressure to rise

The 'white-coat' effect - where blood pressure rises during a check by a doctor - is even worse in someone whose level is already high, researchers say.

The effect is due to patients becoming stressed by being in a doctor's surgery or a hospital.
Writing in the British Medical Journal, an Australian team say giving people a cuff to wear for 24 hours is a better way of checking blood pressure. 

A UK expert said it showed clearly that external factors affected readings. Read more.


I think that it is much smarter to perform ambulatory blood pressure checks.