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Blood Pressure Readings Often Higher Outside Doctor’s Office, Researchers Find


​Blood pressure readings taken outside of the doctor’s office often read higher than those in the office, a new study says.
 
Spanish researchers found that 39 percent of people who had normal blood pressure readings at the doctor registered high blood pressure readings out of the office over a 24-hour period when using American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology treatment guidelines.
 
The researchers found that 20 percent had high blood pressure when doing out-of-office readings under European blood pressure criteria.
 
The phenomena of people registering normal at the doc but higher at home or the office is called “masked hypertension.” The AHA/ACC and European guidelines both warn of the dangers of the condition and the need for improved treatment.