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Rise in blood pressure caused by doctors

10th May 2010

A report in the British Medical Journal has suggested that the 'white-coat' effect where blood pressure rises during a check by a doctor is even worse in someone whose level is already high.

The Australian team say the effect is due to patients becoming stressed by being in a doctor's surgery or a hospital and that giving people a cuff to wear for 24 hours is a better way of checking blood pressure. The Blood Pressure Association in the UK said the research clearly illustrates how external factors can have a significant impact on blood pressure readings.

 

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Article Information

Title: Rise in blood pressure caused by doctors
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 14819
Date Added: 10th May 2010

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