I Have White Coat Hypertension

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    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

    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
    Aug 2, 2008


    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
    May 14, 2013

    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

    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
    1 Response Jul 8, 2011
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