Visiting a Doctor Can Cause Your Blood Pressure to Rise

The so-called 'white-coat' effect can cause blood pressure to rise during a check by a doctor. New research shows that it is even worse in someone whose level is already high.

The effect is due to patients becoming stressed by being in a doctor's presence. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease and stroke.

BBC News reports:

“[Researchers] compared ambulatory blood pressure measurements with those taken by doctors and nurses and found that there can be a difference of as much as 29 units if a doctor checked it, compared with a rise of 17 units if a nurse took the measurement.”

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