What medications/treatments are used to treat white coat syndrome? – Healthcare providers usually treat white coat syndrome only if you have other cardiovascular risks. Making lifestyle changes like losing a few pounds or eating less salt may be your treatment.
Dizziness. Headache. Upset stomach.
Better communication with your healthcare provider can make you feel less anxious. This can make you less likely to get white coat hypertension. Studies show that people with white coat hypertension have a higher risk of cardiovascular issues than people who have normal blood pressure.
What should I do if I have white coat hypertension?
If you have white coat hypertension, talk to your doctor about home monitoring of your condition. Your doctor may ask you to wear a blood pressure monitor (ambulatory blood pressure monitor) for up to 24 hours to track your blood pressure during the daytime as well as while you sleep.
What is white coat hypertension or white coat syndrome?
Does going to the doctor just seriously freak you out? Like to the point where your palms are sweaty and you can feel your heart racing, even though you know you’re in great hands and likely don’t have anything to be worrying about? While we hate to hear that because we—your physicians—seriously want you to be comfortable, we can assure you that you’re not alone and that what you’re feeling when you step into our offices is more common than you might think.
In fact, that sudden rise in blood pressure you experience when you go to the doctor is so common, it actually has a name: White Coat Hypertension or White Coat Syndrome. It’s an anxiety-induced blood pressure spike while in a medical environment when high blood pressure is not otherwise an issue for the patient.
We’ve gathered some tips you can try to keep calm and overcome your White Coat Hypertension, but first, allow us to explain what it is, what could be causing the syndrome, and why it might be a bigger deal than you light think.
How can I prevent white coat syndrome?
Trying some of the following may help prevent white coat syndrome: Some relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises or meditation may help people who are worried about their blood pressure to calm down before going into the doctor’s office.
What is the white coat effect and what does it mean?
Abstract – White coat hypertension has been defined as the persistent elevation of blood pressure at the clinic or office only. It usually implies that daily ambulatory blood pressure is normal. The accepted cutoff for normal daytime ambulatory blood pressure is 135/85 mm Hg.
The prevalence of white coat hypertension is high and varies from 20% to 45%. It appears to be more frequent in women, older patients, and persons with mild hypertension. White coat hypertension should not be confused with the white coat effect. The white coat effect signifies the difference in blood pressure between the office and daytime ambulatory blood pressure and occurs in patients with white coat hypertension as well as in patients with sustained hypertension that is treated or untreated.
White coat hypertension is a benign condition, and the incidence of target-organ damage or cardiovascular morbidity and death is not significantly different from that in normotensive persons. Pharmacologic treatment should be withheld; instead, treatment should consist of lifestyle modification, moderate salt restriction, weight reduction, regular exercise, smoking cessation, and correction of glucose and lipid abnormalities.
Does white coat hypertension need treatment?
White coat hypertension is considered to be a benign condition that does not require antihypertensive treatment.
Is white coat hypertension really dangerous?
Untreated white – coat hypertension is not a benign condition. The analysis revealed that patients with untreated white – coat hypertension had more than double the risk of dying from a cardiovascular event, compared with people who have normal blood pressure. Patients with untreated white – coat hypertension had a 36% increased risk of heart disease, the researchers found.
Is white coat hypertension a long-term problem?
White coat hypertension: When blood pressure rises in a medical setting You could have white coat hypertension. This condition occurs when blood pressure readings at a health care provider’s office are higher than they are in other settings, such as at home.
- It’s called white coat hypertension because people who measure blood pressure sometimes wear white coats.
- It was once thought that white coat hypertension was caused by the stress that appointments with a health care provider can create.
- If blood pressure returned to optimal after the appointment, the temporarily raised blood pressure wasn’t considered a problem.
However, some care providers think that white coat hypertension can be a problem. It might mean a risk of developing high blood pressure as a long-term condition. People with white coat hypertension might also have a higher risk of developing certain cardiovascular problems and damage to some organs, compared with people who have steady, optimal blood pressure.
The same might be true for people who have masked hypertension. That means their blood pressure is OK at the care provider’s office, but it can spike when measured in other settings. It’s thought that even these temporary increases in blood pressure could develop into a long-term problem. If you have white coat hypertension, talk to your health care provider about monitoring your condition at home.
Your provider might ask you to wear a device (ambulatory blood pressure monitor) to track your blood pressure for up to 24 hours. This measures blood pressure during activity and at rest. It can help determine if your high blood pressure needs treatment.
How do you get rid of ‘white coat syndrome’?
This can be as simple as practicing deep breathing exercises and meditation, working out, or doing yoga before your doctor’s appointment. Taking cognitive behavioral therapy, adopting a blood pressure diet, and using automatic electronic measuring devices could also help you avoid white coat syndrome.