How important is blood pressure monitoring at home? What is “white-coat”-effect?
In previous years, most people relied on doctor’s office blood pressure measurements. This means people had to regularly visit the hospital, clinic or doctor to have their blood pressure taken. Today with the advancement of technology individuals can purchase own home blood pressure monitors to take measurements at home.
This new development is extremely significant in the blood pressure world. Doctor’s recognize it and encourage it. Home blood pressure monitoring has been shown to help doctors manage hypertension in patients much more easily with very effective results. Home monitoring will also deal with a common problem of white coat syndrome. This involves elevated readings due to anxiety and fear of being in the doctor’s office. Another advantage of home monitoring is the ability to easily detect morning hypertension which occurs too early in the morning for doctors to detect. However this will require a special monitor with the technology to do it.