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General Posted on May 13th, 2010

The “white-coat” effect

Stress is thought to raise blood pressure, so it follows that the stress of visiting your doctor can raise your blood pressure. This is known as the “white-coat” effect.  This is discussed in an article on the BBC health website.

If your blood pressure is already high this can result in an even higher reading at your appointment.

Doctors

 

“High blood pressure affects about 40% of adults in the UK and is a major risk factor for heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease and stroke.”    In 2001 90 million prescriptions for blood pressure lowering drugs were written at a huge cost of £840 million.

If you are concerned about high blood pressure have it monitored by your practice nurse or invest in a monitor.

Being a healthy weight or BMI, eating well and managing stress are all good ways to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range.    For help and advice why not book to see me at my clinic in Hailsham, East Sussex.

~ Joanna Harper

**Please note you should always consult your GP if you are considering lowering your prescribed medication.

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