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Could white-coat hypertension harm your heart?

By: Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter For most people, going to the doctor is usually a bit nerve-racking. But for some, the stress of a medical appointment triggers a temporary rise in blood pressure. If thatís the case for you ó and if your blood pressure is normal at home and in other nonmedical settings ó you may have whatís known as white-coat hypertension. Now, a large study suggests that people with this…

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