Harvard Heart Letter
High blood pressure at the doctor’s office but not at home?
High blood pressure at the doctor’s office but not at home? Known as white-coat hypertension, this common condition may raise heart risks if left untreated. Medical appointments make most people feel at least a little bit anxious. But for some, that stress may trigger a temporary rise in blood pressure. If their blood pressure is normal at home and in other nonmedical settings, they have what’s known as white-coat hypertension.