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Old Yesterday, 08:45 PM
 
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Today I went to my new GP because various specialists who have been treating me think I should have a GP. Got taken straight into the exam room and the blood pressure cuff was put on immediately. 151/124

I calmly told the nurse that those numbers were totally bogus, I take my blood pressure frequently -- having had heart issues -- and those numbers are wildly wrong. I sit down and relax and, if the numbers are a little high, I wait and take my BP again. It is always less than 120/ less than 80. The results were always in this somewhat low range, sometimes as low as 108/72 when I had to spend time in a specialized nursing facility and was bed-ridden. She did not like hearing this but I was stating simple truth. I confronted the doctor about it and got the lame excuse of time restraints, but she did agree to have my BP taken again towards the end of the visit. 124/81 which is actually a little high for me but I was annoyed, had fasted for bloodwork and had consumed only black coffee that morning.

This has been my almost universal experience with how blood pressure readings are done at the doctor's office. One time a sleep dentist used a cuff on my wrist and came up with 165/I forget. They never could get a lower reading. I checked it at home, I checked it at the pharmacy of a supermarket and the numbers were perfectly healthy. I did hear a comment. "Yeah... it has been reading a little high."

Trying to stay fit in my old age I took four flights of stairs to a doctor's office the other day.and the blood pressure cuff was on within minutes. I don't think that reading was very accurate.

It would be much easier if they would ask, "Do you know what your typical blood pressure is?" Than we wouldn't have a figure that is egregiously wrong.

I don't think it is "white coat syndrome" because if I force them to give me a chance to wind down a little the numbers are always much better. This morning I was giving the office the benefit of the doubt that the reading might be a little high but not wildly so.

I don't think there is a valid excuse for this sloppiness and laziness. If the excuse is that the BP reading is not relevant to the visit -- but which it surely is for a general physical, as I went in for today -- then no reading should be taken.

Sad when the patient seems to know more than the "medical professional."




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Old Yesterday, 09:05 PM
 
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Oh for pete's sake. I've had my blood pressure taken at least 1000 times in a doctor's office, and it is completely accurate every time. It's not rocket science.


Sit down and wait a few minutes before having it taken, which is normal and common practice.
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Old Yesterday, 09:35 PM
 
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Oh for pete's sake. I've had my blood pressure taken at least 1000 times in a doctor's office, and it is completely accurate every time. It's not rocket science.


Sit down and wait a few minutes before having it taken, which is normal and common practice.

No, it is not rocket science. That is why I am disappointed when it is not done correctly.


You have had better luck with how it is done than I have.


The numbers I have received are NOT "completely accurate."
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Old Yesterday, 10:02 PM
 
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They should make taking vital signs a patient responsibility. The doctor, nurse, and assistants are totally unneeded for this exercise. Do it in the waiting room, and give back 25 of the 30 minutes for doctor's consultation. The whole medical system is devolving into a minute clinic.
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Old Yesterday, 10:09 PM
 
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What you described is the exact definition for "white coat syndrome."
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Old Yesterday, 10:15 PM
 
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Oh for pete's sake. I've had my blood pressure taken at least 1000 times in a doctor's office, and it is completely accurate every time. It's not rocket science.


Sit down and wait a few minutes before having it taken, which is normal and common practice.
Thissssssssss.
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Old Yesterday, 10:32 PM
 
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What you described is the exact definition for "white coat syndrome."
Perhaps, but I don't think so. It is the same when I take my BP at home, I need to relax a few minutes and then it comes down. When it is high at the doctor's office I do not feel intimidated by medical staff, but simply haven't had enough time for it to wind down. It was has never been high when I have been hospitalized because when they take it usually I have not been active at all.
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Old Yesterday, 10:35 PM
 
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I could have been more assertive, I suppose. "NO! You can't take my blood pressure yet, we just now walked in here" That should not be necessary.
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Old Yesterday, 10:38 PM
 
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They can get your weight and height wrong, too. Trust me I know from experience. I've had a couple of doctor's offices put down that I'm 5'3, I am 5'6. I haven't been 5'3 since junior high school.
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Old Yesterday, 11:07 PM
 
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Never had an issue with any of my Doc offices taking BP
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