Online BP tool alleviates 'white coat' hypertension

An online triage tool helps GPs to spot 'white coat’ hypertension using clinic-based blood pressure readings without patients having to undergo ambulatory monitoring. 

The tool, PROOF-BP, also detects masked hypertension that would otherwise go undiagnosed based on clinic BP readings, say its Oxford University developers. 

The algorithm is based on three consecutive clinic BP readings and factors such as a patient’s weight, height and history of cardiovascular disease.