(NBC News) While the blood pressure measurement that you get in a doctor’s office can be helpful, it’s only a snapshot of your overall blood pressure reading.
Experts say, just walking into a doctor’s office can be enough to make a person’s blood pressure rise. In fact, an estimated 15%-30% of people who have high blood pressure at the doctor actually have normal or only slightly elevated blood pressure readings at home.
This is a condition that has been given the term, “White Coat Hypertension.”
“Some people are just unhappy seeing the doctor, they might be a little nervous, they might have had some caffeine, they might be rushing around, they may be in pain,” said Dr. Mark Ebell of the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force.
The biggest concern for heart doctors is finding the patients that don’t know they have high blood pressure, and aren’t getting the treatment they need.