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When it comes to doctor appointments or visiting your local health expert for a checkup, kids are usually the ones that are most afraid, conjuring up scenarios that involve them getting hurt. And while those scenarios are nothing but silly stories that eventually go away, the fear of visiting a doctor sometimes doesn’t and this can be a bit nerve-racking for most people.
Known as white coat hypertension, this is a condition when a person has normal blood pressure at home and in other non-medical settings suddenly experiences a temporary rise in blood pressure due to a medical appointment. And now, a new study reveals that people with this condition face a greater threat of heart disease than people whose blood pressure readings are always normal.
“If your blood pressure goes up under the relatively nonthreatening situation of seeing a doctor, then what might happen if you’re cut off on the highway, or experience a challenging family or work circumstance?” Dr. Randall Zusman, a cardiologist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, said.
Per guidelines given by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, normal blood pressure is less than 120/180, while high blood is 130/180 and higher.
According to studies, a person’s blood pressure constantly goes up and down on a daily basis, even if said person is healthy. However, people with white coat hypertension are at a higher risk because they may experience blood pressure spikes that are more frequent and higher. Per statistics, one in five people has this condition, which doctors usually don’t treat with medication.
What To Do About It
According to Dr. Zusman, whose findings helped the treatment of people suffering from the condition, curing white coat hypertension doesn’t always mean taking medication for blood pressure.
“Losing weight, exercising, limiting salt, and not smoking are all associated with better blood pressure control. I certainly encourage people to do all those things, whether they have intermittent or sustained high blood pressure,” Dr. Zusman advised.
“I also have them bring their device in and watch them take their blood pressure to make sure they’re using the monitor correctly,” he added.