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Old 04-12-2018, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Yeh I have a life. You still haven't provided anything that proves that it does.
You have been provided several links describing what white coat hypertension is. You have yet to provide a single source supporting your opinion that it does not exist.

 
Old 04-12-2018, 04:44 PM
 
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Your blood pressure changes constantly.

It isn't that they don't know how to take it.
 
Old 04-12-2018, 04:52 PM
 
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Yeh I have a life. You still haven't provided anything that proves that it does.
Since you are the only one who believes a well known and well studied phenomenon doesn't actually exist the onus is on YOU to prove it does not exist.
 
Old 04-12-2018, 06:55 PM
 
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My problem is they walk you into a room and don't give you time to relax. When I force them to let me sit and chill out for a minute the reading is always significantly lower. They act like its no big deal, 135/85 is not that bad. Taken properly my blood pressure is typically something like 109/72! Why even bother to take it if the result is way off?

Don in Austin
 
Old 04-12-2018, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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My problem is they walk you into a room and don't give you time to relax. When I force them to let me sit and chill out for a minute the reading is always significantly lower. They act like its no big deal, 135/85 is not that bad. Taken properly my blood pressure is typically something like 109/72! Why even bother to take it if the result is way off?

Don in Austin
Just be assertive!
 
Old 04-12-2018, 07:25 PM
 
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My sister used to say "of course my blood pressure is high when they take it! They put that thing on your arm that squeezes and it stresses me out!" she's a hoot!

I'd say if every specialist you go to "can't" take blood pressure readings... I mean, isn't it all automatic these days? How do you mess that up?

What about those things at the store you sit down and put your arm in? Does that work for you?
 
Old 04-12-2018, 07:33 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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I often find the people who take my BP wrong. If I go to a minute clinic they are wrong, sometimes they even can't "find" it. I have a nurse at work and this nurse is a real nurse and he can't take my BP worth a darn. According to him I am ALL over the place. One time 150//90 one time 110/60. I have stopped going to him because he is so useless.

But typically my doctors office is ok -- usually consistent.

So the last 4 times I went to the doctor my BP came back high with a consistent creep up. I became a little concerned and when today's reading back high... 129/83 (I am normally 110/70) for the 4th time over a year... I mentioned it to my doctor. Tests show that I am heading into menopause so... that is when BP can start creeping up.

So my doctor takes the BP. 106/72. She took it a second time and it was 110/70. I trust my doctor so I am happy with that. She suggested that maybe I had just come up the stairs when I had it done the first time but.. no, EVERY time I have my BP done I have just come up the stairs and it had been a lot lower.

I just think that various providers don't know how to take it. How can I monitor it if I can't get an accurate read?

Frustrated.
People sometimes experience "Cuff Fright" - and initial spike in BP when in a clinical setting. It comes from anxiety about being in a doctor's office, combined with concern over the reading.

Most human error has been removed from blood pressure measurement with the advent of digital sphygmomanometers.

I prefer the old fashioned ones, but I may be alone in this.
 
Old 04-12-2018, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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My sister used to say "of course my blood pressure is high when they take it! They put that thing on your arm that squeezes and it stresses me out!" she's a hoot!

I'd say if every specialist you go to "can't" take blood pressure readings... I mean, isn't it all automatic these days? How do you mess that up?

What about those things at the store you sit down and put your arm in? Does that work for you?
Interesting about the arm squeeze,,,yes it is and I've had BP taken with the finger meter and wonder -- is it accurate...maybe it is more than I realize. Could be the pressure is to get BP high and get us on meds...always thinking about how they want us on meds. ummm

I've had BP taken in doc's offices while laying down and it's much lower...
 
Old 04-12-2018, 07:44 PM
 
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My experience at several practices over the past year or two is that Medical Assts rarely do blood pressure correctly, likely due to the minimal training they have gotten. My norm has been the MA takes it, is alarmed at how high it is, then an RN takes it and it is normal. The taking of blood pressure has fallen victim to the quest to have more things done at lower levels.
 
Old 04-12-2018, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Interesting about the arm squeeze,,,yes it is and I've had BP taken with the finger meter and wonder -- is it accurate...maybe it is more than I realize. Could be the pressure is to get BP high and get us on meds...always thinking about how they want us on meds. ummm

I've had BP taken in doc's offices while laying down and it's much lower...
No one is trying to deliberately manipulate your blood pressure and make it high just to write you a prescription for medication. Good grief!

Yes, blood pressure changes with posture. It is usually taken sitting down just for convenience and ease of reproducibility.

What was measured from your finger was probably blood oxygen level, not blood pressure.
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