Higher CVD risk linked to white coat hypertension

PERSISTENT white coat hypertension is associated with an increased risk of death, a study has found.

A prospective study of more than 2000 Italians, with 16 years of follow-up, measured office BP on two consecutive days and ambulatory BP for 24 hours.

A normal ambulatory BP accompanied by elevated BP at both office visits was associated with increased risk of cardiovascular and all-cause death, compared with people without white coat hypertension. Patients with elevated BP at just one of the two office visits had no significantly