At-home BP monitoring—not just for weirdos

There’s a thing called “white coat hypertension.” Who knew? This occurs when a person’s blood pressure is elevated due to the stress from being in a doctor’s office. Apparently, it’s predictive of cardiovascular issues only because of its association with stress reaction. Not hypertension, per se. Researchers in Madrid have found that home monitoring of blood pressure is more predictive of cardiovascular death from hypertension than in-office monitoring. But if you’re going to do it, docs suggest you don’t go with a crappy wrist or finger system. Too unreliable. Gotta spring for the upper arm cuffs. $53.00 on Amazon. Not bad. All the cool kids are doing it.