‘White Coat Syndrome’ is More Than Doctor Emphasize

‘White coat syndrome’ is more than doctor emphasize, confirms a new study. A condition is real which gives a strong reason to worry, according to new research.


White coat hypertension occurs when blood pressure readings taken in a doctors’ surgery is 50 percent less accurate than it is when taken at home or other settings. The condition may affect up to 30 percent of Americans.

The report published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine shows ‘White coat syndrome’ is more than doctor stress. It found that the risk of death among patients with white coat hypertension was nearly double as compared to those found with normal blood pressure at the doctor’s office and at home.

Researchers from the Autonomous University of Madrid tracked63,000 patients for 10 years and tested their blood pressure first at a medical clinic. Then they asked them to check levels for the next 24 hours.

Researchers found that measurements of blood pressure taken at home showed the risk of cardiovascular deaths than doctor’s clinic readings.

The findings show the requirement for surgeries to provide more self-testing at home, according to Author Professor Bryan Williams, from University College London Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.

“For decades doctors have known that blood pressure measured ‘in-clinic’ could be masked or elevated, simply because the patient was in a medical setting, and this could lead to the wrong or a missed diagnosis,” he said.

High blood pressure is the global leading preventable cause of death. In the UK, about 12 million people are suffering from the condition which can even cause heart disease and stroke.