I just got back from my obgyn appnt. As always hated it!! I have a woman which makes it alot better and she is my age so we can relate. My BP was 148/98. She asked me if I rushed around before I got there. I did drive in 20 minutes of traffic and worked all day prior to the appnt. She said I will take it again before you leave. Well she did and it was 150/100 by then. Whose wouldn't be high after that appnt? Anyway I'm thinking I have major white coat syndrome because when I am home it is normal...ugh!!! very frustrating!! I went to dinner with my hubby and split a bottle of wine. I guess that was a bad move with the BP already being high. I guess I should hit the hay early tonight to lower the BP..Lisa
Definitely skewed readings due to 20 minute drive in traffic and rushing around... and also NOT a good idea to take it again after pelvic exam. Jeesh!
If your pressure is normal at home you KNOW you have white coat. You're an athlete, you're in great shape, you have a great diet and you take care of yourself in general.
Keep doing what you're doing and don't let this appt. spook you.
I agree Moxie. I wouldn't take a reading at any doc. too seriously. Mine was 156/86 at the doc. I had to drive 20+ minutes in lots of traffic. Got to the office... had to deal with the insurance issues. They weighed me & didn't even have me give me more than a minute to sit down, prior to taking my B/P. I sat in the room for 45+ minutes waiting for the doc. He talked to me about meds.+ & it was stressing me out. He then took my B/P again after talking to me for 5+ minutes. They just don't have a clue about white-coat & what can elevate B/P. My Mom got 150/100 the last time that she went & they wanted to put her on meds. She refused. She is athletic. After a 30 minute drive in traffic for her, what do they expect??? The doc. asked me if I feel nervous or anxious? I said , what do you think. I think it deals more with the methods that they use then the actual B/P.
Thanks I'm a guy, but just being in a doctors setting & standing for 10 minutes & then sitting for 30 seconds, they took my b/p. My doc. then talked to me for about 5-10 minutes about white-coat & why I don't have it after telling me 3 months ago that I do have it. I'm 34 & all my tests are perfect. My B/P was 122/76 30 minutes after it being 156/86 in his office. Today it was 114/69, yesterday it was 115/65..... & I don't have white-coat? What a fool. He said that my pulse was too low for it to be white-coat. Well Mr. Fool Doctor, if you read my chart, you would see that I take Atenolol, which lowers the heart rate. He said "Oh, Iforgot about that"....I will use him as a G/P to prescribe, but I will go to a specialist from now on..... twice a year at most. I have had enough.
White coat is very common. It happens to lots of people. It doesn't mean you're "mental". Doctors try to stress upon us how important it is that we get controlled bp. So its natural to get anxious, wondering if the readings will be high. Sure enough they are, because we worry about it. Its sort of like taking a test in school. Any stressful event will raise your bp.
It's all good. I'm going to do what you are doing through time. These B/P meds. do more harm than good in a lot of instances. They worsen your lifestyle & docs. seem to back the meds. more than the patient. It's ridiculous.