White-coat hypertension: not so innocent

White coat hypertension is far from innocent, even in patients without other cardiovascular risk factors, an Italian expert cautions.

White-coat patients are more likely to develop a sustained hypertensive state over the years, says Dr Guido Grassi, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Milano-Bicocca.

Those who consistently present with the condition, also termed isolated clinic hypertension, are at increased risk of