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High Blood Pressure & Hypertension - The White Coat Syndrome
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.