High Blood Pressure Levels at the Doctor’s Office

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Filed Under: Heart Health, Blood Pressure
Last Reviewed 03/06/2014

As a cardiologist and a holistic health practitioner, I take blood pressure levels of every patient who comes into my office. And sadly enough, oftentimes, I find that that their blood pressure levels are too high. As you probably know, high blood pressure levels are often a precursor to serious cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and stroke, so this is a situation that I take very seriously.

Some of these patients, however, tell me that they are doing all they can to control high blood pressure levels and that when they go home and measure it themselves, their blood pressure levels are normal. Occasionally they’ll ask if the instruments in my office are off, or if my staff misread the result.

White-Coat Hypertension Causes High Blood Pressure Levels

The actual problem, however, is a common condition called white-coat hypertension (WCH). It’s used to describe people who become anxious over a visit to a physician, dentist, or medical facility. The visit evokes a fight-or-flight response, and their blood pressure levels go up.

Research has shown that abnormally high blood pressure levels in a medical setting could be more than just a benign byproduct of anxiety.  Although the condition is poorly understood, WCH could be a precursor to high blood pressure levels, poor blood circulation and other cardiovascular problems.

A Danish study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension found a heightened cardiovascular event risk for patients with WCH over a 10-year period. A Japanese study reported in the journal Hypertension Research suggests that WCH contributes to carotid arteriosclerosis. And in another Japanese medical report, based on eight years of observation, researchers suggest that WCH is a “transitional condition to hypertension” and may carry a “poor cardiovascular prognosis.”

If you experience WCH, I suggest you take the following high blood pressure remedies to get it under control and avoid potential cardiovascular problems.

Treating High Blood Pressure

  • Introduce a regular stress-reduction program into your life. That could include activities such as exercise, tai-chi, meditation or yoga. This is a wonderful way of lowering blood pressure naturally.

  • Watch the salt (again). This cardiovascular nutrition tip can’t be stressed enough.

  • Start taking blood pressure-friendly supplements on a daily basis—such as fish oil (2,000-3,000 mg), magnesium (400-800 mg), hydrosoluble CoQ10 (50-150 mg), and a garlic supplement high in allicin (500-1,000 mg). You can find these supplements in most health-food stores.

For more information on high blood pressure levels and how they effect cardiovascular problems, visit www.drsinatra.com.

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