Up to 40% of people diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension) do not actually have a blood problem at all, according to a new study. In fact, these people from the harmless state, referred to as “white apron hypertension” – their blood pressure rises only when under stress in the doctor’s office. As soon as they get home, their blood normalizes.
But what’s the benefit of all this … These people have already been diagnosed with arterial hypertension and are probably prescribed powerful medications to deal with a non-existent problem.
The so called white apron’s hypertension has long been known, but there has never been a study to reveal its scale. Only experts from the University of Barcelona, Spain, concluded that about 42% of women and 34% of men experienced a significant increase in blood pressure only during a doctor’s review.
The Spanish study covered nearly 70,000 volunteers who measured blood pressure once in the doctor’s office and once at home using a 24-hour holter (a standing blood pressure monitor).
Only the remaining percent of people have confirmed the diagnosis of hypertension – a sustained rise in blood pressure over 140/90 mm / Hg. The largest group of these were men, smokers, diabetics or people suffering from heart problems.