What Is White Coat Hypertension?

hypertensionWhite coat hypertension is when someone feel anxious in a medical environment, and as a result, has abnormally high blood pressure readings. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now recommends that blood pressure be taken outside of a clinical setting as a way to rule out white coat hypertension. Still, white coat hypertension is a good indication of how your body reacts to stress. Whether your blood pressure levels are high on their own, or are a result of white coat hypertension, it’s important to respond with proper care.*

Those with high blood pressure should eat more whole foods, minimize alcohol, lower salt intake and strive for exercise. People who experience white coat hypertension should learn about ways to reduce stress and anxiety with tactics such as meditation, deep breathing and positive visualization.

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