More Dangerous Than White Coat Syndrome
Researchers have developed a new tool that has predicted with 96 percent accuracy whether people would survive a gunshot wound to the brain. I suffer from white coat and during my pregnancies I used to take my blood pressure at home before I saw the midwife. Repeated prior visits to the hospital or doctor’s office and receiving bad news in these visits has been reported to be behind life-time white coat hypertension in particular individuals.
When my husband fainted recently my BP was up in the clouds, but the medication I am taking now lowers my BP so much that I am feeling very faint and out of it around 11 ‘clock every day. Ask your veterinarian if they have any spare white coats (we had a few at the hospitals I worked at), or order one from a clearance medical sale online, and bring it home.
The danger of not recognizing that a person is experiencing white-coat syndrome is that a significantly elevated blood pressure reading could skew diagnosis and lead to unnecessary treatment for hypertension. For example, it is possible to get false reports of white coat hypertension if a medical professional measuring blood pressure is not fully in the know of how to take blood pressure accurately and effectively.white coat syndrome
It’s normal for your blood pressure to be high if you’re nervous, if you’re exercising, etc. Those numbers aren’t all that bad for white coat syndrome though, and could still keep him near standard. The modern blood pressure equipment gadgetry mentioned above are well able to store blood pressure readings data taken from home which can be downloaded to the doctor’s computer for analysis.
I think dogs’ fears are more around the smells and sounds (especially other dogs in the back) at the Vet than what a Vet is wearing. Detection of carotid atherosclerosis in individuals with masked hypertension and white-coat hypertension by self-measured blood pressure at home: the Ohasama study.