“White Coat Effect” causing higher blood pressure readings in patients

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — British researchers found doctors routinely recorded significantly higher blood pressure levels than nurses taking the blood pressure of the same patients. Scientists call it the “white coat effect” and believe it’s the patients’ physical response to a doctor doing the test.

Researchers warn doctors to be aware of the effect — because the higher reading could lead them to prescribe unnecessary medication

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