Your blood pressure and ‘White Coat Syndrome’

Roughly 10 to 20 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from “white coat syndrome,” which means that their blood pressure spikes when they visit the doctor—due to the actual stress of a medical check.

This, of course, leads to a high rate of inaccurate blood-pressure readings, additional doctor visits, and unnecessary medicating. Typically patients with high numbers are asked to come back once a month for the next three months, so the doctor can get another reading—which means more money.

On the other side of the coin, a doctor sometimes just assumes the patient is nervous and lets it go, leading in some cases to undiagnosed hypertension that can turn into more expensive health problems if it goes on without being addressed.

If you have been told you have high blood pressure, before accepting a diagnosis—along with a prescription—you may want to consider additional, more consistent testing. The medical journal The Lancet recently reported on research that revealed more accurated testing could be done at home with repeated testing over a period of time.

You can also check out the recent research reported in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition which showed a diet rich in whole grains will help lower blood pressure here.

For nutritional supplement support, check out the Heart Health Custom Pak at Optimal Health Systems. It contains a variety of ingredients—such as garlic, essential fatty acid blend and proteolytic enzymes—shown to nutritionally support heart health.

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