A patient with "masked" hypertension
September 22, 2008
A 65-year-old man diagnosed with essential hypertension had been treated with antihypertensive medication for 2 years at his physician's office. His systolic/diastolic blood pressure in the office had been controlled at about 130/80 mm Hg with 2 antihypertensive drugs taken in the morning after breakfast. Although he does not have any cardiovascular complications, he is a smoker, is obese, and has diabetes.