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Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions about blood pressure measurement in general

 

Questions about measurement devices

 

Questions about measurement results

 

Why does my doctor get different readings than I do at home?

Blood pressure readings can only be compared with one another if they were taken when you are resting and always at the same time of day. Studies have shown that higher blood pressure readings are obtained in the doctor's surgery in about 25% of patients compared to measurements made at home. This phenomenon is called "white coat hypertension" or "the white coat effect". This is not a disease condition, because the higher blood pressure in such cases is caused by the stress situation and nervousness during the visit to the doctor. These raised blood pressure readings, however, can be the first indication that high blood pressure will develop in the long term.

 

Questions about methods of blood pressure measurement