Hypertension Blood Pressure Measurement Fact or Fiction – Case 4

An 80-year-old man with benign prostatic hyperplasia presents for a follow-up appointment with his urologist. Triage BPs are 155/95 mm Hg and 153/97 mm Hg.

He is sent for laboratory testing and then is taken to the examination room. His clinician enters the room 45 min after he arrived in triage and repeats his BP measurements, obtaining 135/82 mm Hg and 133/80 mm Hg.

The triage BP elevations are likely related to anxiety regarding his anticipated laboratory testing.

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