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High Blood Pressure & Hypertension - The White Coat Syndrome

Updated on October 9, 2016

High Blood Pressure Mistakes

'The White Coat Syndrome' Beware!

For 10 years doctors and nurses kept telling me that the only reason my blood pressure was up? Was because everybody's blood pressure rises at the doctors office.They were ignoring, thus they were not recognizing the fact that my blood pressure taken at the doctors office was the same high blood pressure that was running through me all day, everyday for over 10 years.

Simply blown off because a nurse and doctor just assumed it was an isolated condition brought upon me by their environment in which I sat in temporarily.

So for 10 years of little recognition of what were my borderline fatal readings of 165/103 as an average reading that was running through me consistently for 10yrs. It is no wonder that I have landed up with a condition called an Aortic Root Dilation.

The real cause for my high blood pressure condition was an unchecked, undiagnosed severe sleep apnea ailment. One with a measured 35 stops of breathing, averaging 15 seconds in length, per hour. That is a lot of time added up where there is no oxygen entering into ones system.

My blood supply depleted of oxygen which caused a severe case of high blood pressure.

So to keep it in check now?, I have a CPAP Machine, 40mg of lisiniprol, 5mg of amlodopine, one NSAID low dose aspirin, a low sodium conscious diet, more high potassium items like bananas, dried apricots, beans, nuts, grains and potatoes combined with a refreshing level of vigorous exercise daily.

Within 2 weeks of the above routine my blood pressure is now stable at 135/75.

In sleep, my heart rate now settles in at a frighteningly slow, but safe 42 beats per minute. It is amazing as to what a clean, full night of uninterrupted sleep will do for a better outlook on life. I wake up more alive now than I had in over 12 years.

So please do not get trapped by the easy to explain away 'White Coat Syndrome'.

It almost cost me dearly, and certainly did nothing positive in providing for my longer life expectancy.

So it still lands up having cost me dearly.

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      Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

      Wow, I am another it took ten years to fix and I am on the 40 mg lisinopril, 10mg Norvasc. 118/68 was my blood pressure just a few minutes ago. Hard to believe. I have had it running 200+/100+ since I have been taking it myself over 3 years and I used xanax (which I had a prescription for) or anything I could to keep it under that with Drs and nurses acting like I was a drug addict for taking them! I was allergic to almost all their medicines until a heart specialist took me off everything and started me slowly out again, gradually, and even that has taken a year! Strange though, I never had problems sleeping, but now I do. Now that my pressure is so good though I hope to exercise more and that will probably make me sleep better. I was put on blood pressure medicine for one month ten years ago and like you they just poo pood it away every visit until it started going crazy high and I complained.

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      They commit to treating you... They do not commit to treating you right... It is our responsibility to act as our own bodies bosses... and if the job is not getting done by one doctor?, Fire Them!, and talk to another doctor who might actually choose to listen instead of assume... Thanks for stopping by Pollyannalana!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      With me, it really was partly white coat syndrome, on home monitor BP always normal, at the doctors it's off the scale, always improve on second measurement, however, you've raised a very good point, Blood pressure should be assessed as a trend and not one off measurement under abnormal circumstances.

      Good to know you now have it under controlled.

      Best of luck

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank you 'tb'... *blushes*... Individuals deserve individual treatments... Not comfortably generalized determinations for the masses.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm terribly sorry this happened to you. I have always had a natural distrust of doctors; never really had any reason for that other than the fact that I know my body and I am fully aware when something isn't right....and like you said, if they don't agree then fire them.

      I wish you better days ahead!

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      My days have been fine as of recent billybuc.. thank you though.. Nothing doom and gloom here other than the realization that my longevity potential takes a real hit... but I could get hit by a bus tomarrow too...

      And only a few people in my personal inner circle know as much about me having this condition as you my followers do.

      I am by no means allowing this to effect my own quality of life beyond what is necessary to maintain a proper blood pressure level.. Other than that?... It's live live live until I can't live no more!

      Just shop for the doctor is all.. and the more concerned you are... the more doctors you need to see... its a huge need to verify game... and its up to you whether you win or lose.

      Trusting doctors has almost become like trusting lawrers..

      Thanks for stopping by billybuc!

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Glad to hear you are on the road to Health. I would not say I distrust all doctors, but I always follow my own instincts and never forget that Medicine is a Business.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This was unfortunate for you, but it really exists for some. I have a friend who has a normal B/P until she sees the Doctor, then it rises. She monitors her pressure daily, and it is never elevated. Glad you are doing better..

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Glad to hear you are getting better and got the treatment you needed in the end. Doctors notoriously don't really listen to their patients... Many years ago I got told by 3 separate GP's that I had hormone problems and they just sent me home, when in fact I had an ectopic pregnancy. After 3 months of this I drove myself to hospital with massive internal bleeding and nearly died... The moral of my tale.. I learnt to trust my own judgement over the fitness of my body, and almost never use doctors! :-)

      Thanks for sharing your story, voted up and stuff, Jen

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank you Jennifer... And yes, we are our own best doctors, and we need to speak louder when our body is speaking louder.

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      Keisha Hunter 24 months ago from Paradise and then some

      Wow! Some of these doctors amaze me! I had been receiving treatment and running tests for undiagnosed heart troubles including chest pains and palpitations. Last week I saw a nursing practitioner who ran some tests and said i was anaemic and that is what is bringing those symptoms. Apparently I am not dying afterall. Great hub.

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      Murphy 24 months ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank You Keisha!! - Loving our Nurses!!

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