17 million Americans Have Hidden High Blood Pressure
About one in eight people with diabetes has what’s known as masked hypertension, blood pressure that’s normal during a physical exam but abnormal outside of the doctor’s office. Researchers estimated this by studying over 800 people who wore portable blood pressure monitors for 24 hours, then applying the results to the entire U.S. population. In all, the researchers estimate that about 17 million Americans have masked high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease if untreated. People age 45 and older, and men in particular, are at greatest risk. More research is needed, however, because masked hypertension is still debated among researchers, and there’s no consensus as to its treatment.
Source: American Journal of Epidemiology, published online Jan. 18, 2017