how to cure white coat syndrome?
As I scan through what everyone is saying, I am still not understanding if anyone has any info on how to beat white coat syndrome. Since it is psychological and has an effect on the physiological, does one need to see a psychologist and be hypnotized? I personally participate in clinical trials to help pay the bills and one time at one facility, I had a BP reading of 150/89 with a heart rate of 111! Needless to say, I was excluded and told by a doctor there that I have high blood pressure. But here is the thing, the person who performed my BP reading wasn't a doctor, nor wore a white coat. So, I think it must be an aversion to the machine. Ever since that one reading, everytime I go back there and hear the cuff inflate my heart races and I get a high reading. The doctor and I talked recently after yet another high reading and I told him my readings at home range in the 115/69-125/79. He told me that if you never were capable of having high blood pressure then your readings would never be that high no matter, how anxious or nervous you got. I respect his opinions and believe him to be a good doctor, but I'm so confused!