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Pseudo-Resistant Hypertension

Pseudo-resistant (seemingly resistant) hypertension is high blood pressure that seems to resist treatment, when other factors, such as medications, supplements or diet, are raising blood pressure and making treatment difficult. When the other factors are addressed, pseudo-resistant hypertension can be controlled.

Pseudo-Resistant Hypertension: What You Need to Know

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  • One common cause of pseudo-resistant hypertension is the white-coat effect: when blood pressure goes up in the doctor’s office due to patient anxiety.
  • Lifestyle factors that can cause pseudo-resistance include too much salt in the diet, smoking, lack of exercise and skipping your blood pressure medication.
  • Your doctor’s goal of treatment will be to have your secondary conditions treated, optimize your medications and suggest lifestyle changes that will help make your medications more effective.

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The Center for Resistant Hypertension provides a thorough diagnosis, which includes accurate measurements and discovery of underlying conditions, then develops a successful treatment plan you can take back to your regular physician.

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