Monitor Your Own Blood Pressure. Don’t be a Victim of the Presumption of “White Coat Hypertension”.

Being a Canadian, we have the benefit of free annual health check. My doctor had said my blook pressure being a little high.

“But this might be caused by you being a little nerveous.” She quickly followed.

So she did nothing for 4 years in a row.

The “White coat hypertension”, or “White coat syndrome”, is a common phenomenon in which patients exhibit high blood pressure in front a doctor, but not at home. I decided to check my own blood pressure at home.

Omron HEM 790IT Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor 150x150 Monitor Your Own Blood Pressure. Don’t be a Victim of the Presumption of “White Coat Hypertension”.I bought an Omron blood pressure monitor, on and off, checked my blood pressure when I’m relaxed. After a few month, surprise, surprise, I had high blood pressure, and have probably been suffering from it for quite some time. I had been a victim of the Presumption of “White coat syndrome”.

High blood pressure (HBP) should not be taken lightly and brushed aside.  HBP can damage the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of your body.  Heart attack is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States. Each year, some 1.1 million people in the US have heart attacks, and almost half of them die.

Because of the “White coat hypertension”, you cannot blame your doctor for mis-diagnosing your blood pressure condition.  Blood pressure can only be accurately monitored in your home when you’re totally relax.  There are also time and conditions that you should and shouldn’t do the measurement.   I’ll talk about how I choose my blood pressure monitor in the next post.

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  1. Kidney Diet says:

    I don’t think people pay enough attention to monitoring or treating high blood pressure. As you rightly pointed out HBP can damage not only the heart and blood vessels, but other major organs such as the kidneys. In fact those with kidney problems or on a kidney diet should pay particular attention to their blood pressure. This monitor just makes it that much easier.

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