How can I get "white coat hypertension?

Office visits. Some individuals have higher blood pressures when they visit the doctor or the dentist (white coat people) than when they are relaxed. This is not the same as true hypertension. Careful measurement outside the office is important.

Related Questions

I get anxious, scared, when I get my BP checked and usually it comes 130/90, today 160/80, am I hypertensive or suffering from white coat hypertension?

Checking Your BP. In my patients with this problem I have them purchase a simple home blood pressure monitor to normalize the situation and to follow trends. I hope in chandigarh that there is such an opportunity for you. If not perhaps a friend or neighbor has a machine to borrow? Blood pressure is a vital sign to monitor for health so i wish you well there in that wonderful and favorite country of india. Read more...

White coat hypertension==what is it, is it real?

Definitely Real. White coat HTN is when a patient upon seeing their doctor in a white coat has an elevated blood pressure. This elevated BP comes from stress or anxiety. This elevated blood pressure normalizes when the patient leaves the doctor's office and is in a stress free environment. That is why it is always good to check your home bp's if possible. Read more...
Yep. There is a very nice review here: http://www.Webmd.Com/anxiety-panic/features/beyond-white-coat-syndrome? Read more...

How common is white coat hypertension in adults?

Common. Probably 20% or more of the hypertension we measure in the office is not found on 24 hour monitoring but it should be addressed as it isn't only a "white coat" that can cause an elevation of blood pressure. Depending on the numbers you my well be hypertensive and need treatment, if only life style modification.Google : dash diet. Read more...

White coat hypertension--problem in kids or adults?

Depends /both. Apprehension can trigger the release of hormones from the adrenal glands that make your heart race and your blood pressure elevate. The process is commonly called the "fight or flight " response.It can occur at any age when the patient can process the "white coat" to mean something scary may happen. If one relaxes with age & repetition the affect diminishes. Read more...

When a person has white coat hypertension, how then does the dr. Decide what is real?

Home blood pressure. Home readings are much more realistic than readings in the office. There are a number of good home cuffs - omron makes a good automatic cuff for around $50. Check pressures am, afternoon and pm for a few weeks. Share this with your physicians. They will be very happy to have that data, and can decide on further treatment. Read more...

I started getting white coat hypertension a couple of visits ago. Will I be back to normal someday?

After you leave DR. By definition, you should be fine as soon as you get out of the doctors office. Get a home BP machine to check it at home and keep track so the doctor can have a documented reason not to treat BP that is high only in the doctors office, . Read more...
High BP at the doc's. White coat hypertension (wch) is a term for high BP readings that are confined to clinical settings. If BP out of the office is normal on home BP readings or ambulatory BP monitoring, wch carries no risk of complications other than those arising from inappropriate treatment of office readings. It is not associated with anxiety and although it may go away, in my experience, wch usually persists. Read more...
See below. You've taken the first step by acknowledging your difficulty. Psychologically the next step would be to identify your fears specifically and then confront them rationally careful to remove our tendency to catastrophize. Let your doctors know of your fear so they can help. There is a very nice review here: http://www.Webmd.Com/anxiety-panic/features/beyond-white-coat-syndrome? Read more...

How can my BP at dr be 135/82 and at home be as low as 115/63? Is white coat hypertension a reality?

Yes. White coat HTN has been confirmed as a reality, and very common finding on patients. You can qualify for 24 ambulatory home BP monitoring if you want to truly find out your average daily bp. Read more...
Yes. White coat anxiety is a real entity. Additional stress and anxiety, and even the mere act of driving to the dr. May increase ones bp. That's why its good to take several measurements at the doctors over time. Another cause of discrepancies is the manner of checking the bp. It is likely that different devices are used. Some are the automated ones, some are the ones where the dr. Uses a stethoscope. Read more...