And even patients taking antihypertensive drugs on an ongoing basis, can show symptoms of white coat syndrome: increased blood pressure when it is measured.
And more often than normal, the index of systolic (upper) pressure (that is, not 110-120, but 140-150 mm Hg) is higher than that of diastolic pressure.
This syndrome is observed in 32-35% of people who came to the medical institution, who do not have problems with pressure. At the same time, 15% of patients actually have arterial hypertension. However, in almost 20% of patients this syndrome is mistaken for hypertensive disease (refractory hypertension) - with the administration of drugs to stabilize blood pressure.
White coat syndrome in pregnancy
The usual phenomenon and white coat syndrome in pregnancy, when all the body systems function in an altered mode. According to some reports, the total prevalence of this syndrome in pregnancy is about 32%. At half of future mothers, the syndrome persists throughout gestation and does not affect their condition in any way.
However, it should be borne in mind that almost 40% of pregnant women are characterized by a true increase in blood pressure (benign gestational hypertension), which, as the duration of pregnancy increases, may result in late toxicosis of pregnancy with very high blood pressure.
With a more serious problem - preeclampsia, which can progress to eclampsia, which threatens the life of the mother and fetus - according to WHO statistics, approximately 8% of pregnant women face.