Report: Nurse visits hold key to lowering blood pressure

07/20/2004 | Reuters Health

People with high blood pressure lowered their levels faster when they saw a nurse every few weeks as opposed to a visit every three months, according to a Brazilian research report published in the American Journal of Hypertension. The study followed 48 patients who were on blood pressure medication and found that the "white-coat" effect, which occurs when patients' blood pressure rises in the presence of a doctor, lessened over time.

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