White Coat & Masked Hypertension: A Primary Care Guideline Topline

In adults being treated for hypertension with office blood pressure readings not at goal and and home blood pressure monitoring readings suggestive of a significant white coat effect, it may be useful to confirm the latter with ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.

This is one of 7 recommendations on the detection and management of white coat and masked hypertension made in the landmark 2017 ACC/AHA Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults.

In this brief slide show for primary care practitioners, we summarize all 7 recommendations as well as the evidence in support of each.