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White Coat Syndrome and Hypertension: Treat Elevated Blood Pressure Naturally

Updated on August 2, 2016

What is White Coat Syndrome?


White Coat Syndrome is a medical condition wherein one shows raised levels of blood pressure only in a clinical set-up like a doctor’s office, and not in other set-ups. It occurs as a consequence to nervousness, apprehension and anxiety that he may suffer during a visit to the doctor.

A majority of individuals who demonstrate constantly high readings (140/90mmHg and more) have hypertension; although some people suffer from White Coat Syndrome. Those who have White Coat Hypertension tend to have elevated blood pressure (140/90mmHg and more) only in a doctor’s office. They show normal blood pressure otherwise.

Causes of White Coat Syndrome

White Coat Syndrome is almost always because of worry, anxiety and alarm; when the body sets off the ‘fight - flight’ reaction.

White Coat Syndrome could afflict anyone, young, old; male, female. There are certain personality types that are prone to developing this condition.

Specific types of fears associated with medical professionals or a pervious experiance may also play a crucial role.

Symptoms of White Coat Syndrome

White Coat Hypertension is more often than not without any manifesting signs and symptoms. You will not feel unwell if you have White Coat Syndrome. However, typically, a person with White Coat Syndrome may manifest symptoms like palpitation, mild breathlessness, and rapid heart beat, especially when being examined by a physician.

Apparently the condition is not associated with any symptoms or manifestations outside the physician's office.

Treatment of White Coat Syndrome: Treatment for Hypertension and Elevated Blood Pressure

In order to detect White Coat Syndrome, the blood pressure has to be measured outside the clinic setting. There are 2 ways of doing this: one is to take the blood pressure reading at home; the other is to have the Ambulatory B.P. measured. Ambulatory Blood Pressure gives 24 hour monitoring. A small, handy monitor takes readings of the blood pressure over day and night, at regular intervals. A mean of the daytime readings is calculated. If the mean reading is 135/85mmHg or less, then you aren’t suffering from hypertension

If you suffer from White Coat Hypertension, you are at a lesser threat of developing cardio-vascular disorders than those who have consistently high Blood pressure. All the same, you are at a greater risk than one who has normal Blood pressure at all times.

Hypertension Guidelines: Managing Blood Pressure Naturally

A majority of people who have White Coat Hypertension tend to develop hypertension in the future. Consequently, in case there are other risk factors, such as, family history, abnormal lipid profile, and a greasy, oily diet your doctor may commence treatment.

  • Adhere to a healthy lifestyle pattern. Restrict your intake of fats and salt; and load up on fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Sustain an optimal body weight.
  • Quit smoking and alcohol.
  • Keep an eye on your blood pressure at home, now and then.
  • Effective stress management is extremely vital. Incorporate a de-stress technique in to your routine: Yoga, Pilates, gardening, walking, pottery, etc. these help revitalize and invigorate you and boost the body’s functioning capacity.
  • Meditation is an exceedingly potent tool to effectively manage blood pressure fluctuations.
  • Hypnotherapy and psychotherapy have also gained considerable popularity in the management of hypertension.
  • Certain food prescriptions are also unquestionably beneficial. Some foods are extremely beneficial for the heart and the vascular system, keep cholesterol levels in check and enhance cardiac working; integrate them in to your every day menu. Walnuts, flax seeds, fish oils, limes, garlic, onion, and alfalfa are significant prescriptions.

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      Teri 6 years ago

      I have white coat syndrome and after being put on two high blood pressure meds and almost fainting when doing some light walking, I started using a blood pressure cuff and taking my readings at multiple times during the day and night because my doctor refused to discuss it. Showed him the saved readings (including one reading of 57/32....after quitting one of the two HBP meds) and all he said was,"that's pretty low." and left me on the last one. I finally got tire of nearly fainting and took myself off the hctz and my blood pressure readings are staying in the range of 115/68 no matter when I take it (except at the doctors office). Haven't yet told him that I'm taking no bp meds but will at my next appt. He won't be happy but that's the way it is. And, I no longer almost faint and have more energy too.

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      drshwetaushah 6 years ago from India

      Hi,

      Understand your concern. Try to maintain a logbook and enter your husband's blood pressure during sepecific times of the day. The next time you visit your doctor, just share the logbook with him. In light of evidence, he would probably stop the medications.

      Take care

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My husband has White Coat Syndrome. The problem he has is our family doctor put him on blood pressure medication even after my husband told him that he has white coat syndrome. The doctor refuses to take his blood pressure more than once. Now my husband refuses to go and see a doctor when he needs to. He did take the blood pressure medication which caused him extreme dizziness for quite some time. He finally quit taking the medication and the dizziness went away. It's unfortunate that our family doctor is the way he is. Where we live there is a shortage of doctors so we have to keep the one we have until we can find one that takes on new patients.

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