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FEAR OF GP BAD FOR YOUR HEART

- Health · Periodontal disease · Medicine · Healthy Living · Blood Pressure · Heart Disease · College · Dental Diseases · Health Conditions · Blood Disorders · Higher Education · England · University College London · London · Bryan Williams

PEO­PLE with white coat syn­drome are at slightly higher risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease com­pared to those with a nor­mal blood pres­sure read­ing, found a ten-year study pub­lished in the New Eng­land Jour­nal of Medicine in April.

One sug­ges­tion is that those who have white coat syn­drome also re­lease stress hor­mones in sit­u­a­tions, such as traf­fic, lead­ing to high blood pres­sure. But their risk of heart dis­ease was nowhere as high as those with def­i­nite high blood pres­sure, says Pro­fes­sor Bryan Wil­liams, a con­sul­tant physi­cian from Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don, who led the study.

He said: ‘Blood pres­sure [of those with white coat syn­drome] should be mon­i­tored with a home or am­bu­la­tory mon­i­tor once a year, as many of these pa­tients will ul­ti­mately de­velop high blood pres­sure.’

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