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Hypertension Misdiagnoses Are Common

From Associated Press

It may be more important than ever to eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away.

A recent study cites white coat hypertension, a term coined for people whose blood pressure rises in the presence of a doctor.

Such occurrences can cause misdiagnosis for as many as 1-in-5 patients. According to the study, as many as 20% of patients treated for hypertension may be receiving unnecessary medication.

Many doctors fear the side effects of medications aiming to lower blood pressure may be too dangerous for the borderline patient.

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