Updated 07 July 2014

White coat hypertension

White coat hypertension = anxiety-induced hypertension.

There are two major types of hypertension and four more not so common types, including White Coat Hypertension.

Lifestyle changes like exercise, a reduction in salt and alcohol intake, stopping smoking and losing weight, would be wise.  A low fat, high fibre diet, with increased fruit and vegetable intake, will be beneficial.


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Dr Jacomien de Villiers qualified as a specialist physician at the University of Pretoria in 1995. She worked at various clinics at the Department of Internal Medicine, Steve Biko Hospital, these include General Internal Medicine, Hypertension, Diabetes and Cardiology. She has run a private practice since 2001, as well as a consultant post at the Endocrine Clinic of Steve Biko Hospital.

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