I Have White Coat Hypertension

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    Discouraged

    When I go to my primary care physician my BP readings shoot up to 175/95 - every single time. Subsequent readings will drop down to 160/90 but that's it. The problem here is that this has been going on for the better part of thirty years. Every primary care physician, and...
    hyland3803 hyland3803
    70+
    May 14, 2013

    Would the Black Coat Help?

    I guess I've spent way too much time in the hospitals. Whenever I see a white coat my blood pressure goes sky-high. No matter how much I try to rationalize that: no, he's not going to torture or kill me (at least not yet), I can't get rid of that stressed out feeling. Whenever I...
    Fennella Fennella
    31-35, F
    9 Responses Jun 13, 2008

    Me Too

    I've had white coat hypertension since 1982.  Last week I took my bp at CVS. After relaxing 10 min. it was 127/87. My eye doctor tells me my retina looks perfect. Wouldn't someone with real sustained hypertension show retinal changes after nearly 30 years of the condition...
    radio128 radio128
    51-55
    1 Response Jul 8, 2011

    Sick Of It!

    I have such white coat hypertension that I have avoided going to the doctor even though I was really, really sick.  When I do know that I have a doctor's appointment, I am almost sick for days ahead of time just knowing that I will have my blood pressure taken.  Just the sight...
    slavier slavier
    56-60, F
    1 Response Mar 31, 2011

    I am a 47 year old male

    and been suffering with severe white coat syndrome scince my early twenties. I first started with this after a docters appointment where I had a routine physical . The night before I was at a party and out late.I shouldn't of went for a physical on a couple of hours sleep and...
    peterm1111 peterm1111
    46-50, M
    1 Response Apr 21, 2014

    It's Not the Coat, It's the Medical Office Environment

    My white coat hypertension is so bad that I give my doctor a complex. In the beginning he used to ask me if I'd prefer to see a female or someone else and I'd attempt to reassure him that it wasn't him that was the problem; it would happen to me with any doctor. Now he seems to...
    dharma04101 dharma04101
    31-35
    Aug 2, 2008
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