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Importance of ambulatory blood pressure in hypertension management

Patrick Coleman
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (1): 25-26. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11248
Published online: 21 January 2013

To the Editor: In their article, Head and colleagues stated that “white coat hypertension carries minimal actual CVD [cardiovascular disease] risk”.1 However, a failure to identify white coat hypertension, and to misdiagnose it as true hypertension, can lead to inappropriate prescription of antihypertensive medications, with associated financial costs and adverse effects such as falls and acute kidney injury, which are unrelated to CVD risk.

  • Patrick Coleman

  • Department of Medicine, Manly Hospital, Sydney, NSW.


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