Population Health Topic

February is American Heart Month

FACTS: White Coat Hypertension

  • 20-30% of patients with elevated BP in office are normotensive out of office
  • “Should be suspected in any patient with markedly elevated office BP in absence of end-organ damage”
  • Can be confirmed with normal home BPs
  • Can be minimized by nurse/MA taking BP
  • Can be minimized with automatic cuffs, and multiple readings while provider steps out

Factors that can Increase Blood Pressure Readings:

Key Take-Aways:

  • Automated home blood pressure cuffs are a helpful tool for managing hypertension
  • Many factors can increase blood pressure results. Minimize these factors to ensure accuracy
  • Recheck a 2nd blood pressure >139/89