When High Blood Pressure Isn’t Obvious
‘m Gabe Garza with today’s health news. What
happens when your blood pressure wears a mask? Masked hypertension occurs when patients show
normal blood pressure readings in the doctor’s office, even though their blood pressure is
normally much higher. A new study found that in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD),
masked hypertension can cause heart, kidney and blood vessel damage. Taking a patient’s
blood pressure at a doctor’s visit can be problematic. It’s a single reading at one
point in time. Outside the office, many patients have very different readings, as your blood
pressure reading can vary considerably based on factors like time of day and stress levels.
Researchers found that of about 1,500 study participants with CKD, almost 28 percent of
patients had masked hypertension. This is particularly important in patients with CKD
because they already have an increased risk of kidney damage. Researchers say these findings
support recommendations for in-home blood pressure checks by the patients themselves
or in a 24-hour blood pressure study.