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Old 06-08-2019, 07:15 AM   #16
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I have the white coat syndrome although I don't understand why since I'm never scared or nervous going to the doctor BUT my BP is always higher there. My BP does go up/down a lot so I always check it at home. I won't take my BP med if it's low.


The last time I stayed at the hospital the only reason I was admitted was because my BP was 60/40. Although I hadn't passed out, I felt like I was about to.
That is very low. I'm surprised you didn't pass out! It's the top #, the systolic that matters for passing out.
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Old 06-08-2019, 07:23 AM   #17
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Mark, have you ever taken your BP machine to the Dr with you to calibrate it. I didn't think of it yesterday an never heard of it until one of the other guys on here mentioned it. My Dr in the morning said to do that. He also showed me a way to raise BP by clenching thigh and hip muscles and holding elbows out and fingers gripping, pull really hard on fingers. Useless if fainting sneaks up on you.

No drinking at home but I'm listed as a 'social drinker' for having 2 drinks when we go out.

Wasn't fond of hearing ER Dr telling me I should be admitted as I could Die! I didn't feel like my time was up. Guess thats something people don't know from what I hear about people dying suddenly or in their sleep.

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Old 06-08-2019, 07:35 AM   #18
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Magnesium is a great mineral. Just make sure your doc knows you take it. You need a restricted amount if you have any kidney problems. Really large amounts can affect breathing. Docs order it in huge amounts for Preclampsia, but that's only in hospital.

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Old 06-08-2019, 07:36 AM   #19
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Switch those drinks to GREEN TEA, You'll feel fine.

Without the "buzz". MAAM


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have you ever taken your BP machine to the Dr with you to calibrate it.
No, I haven't gotten around to it although my heart doctor recommended that I do so. But my home readings are consistent with my stepson's BP machine and a wrist type one that my wife just bought.
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If hospital has Courtesy Valet parking shouldnít you tip anyway?

Iím sorry we didnít. I was too weak to think about it and daughter was almost in shock herself.

Next time Iím there, in different area, iíll go around to that side and leave a tip.
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If hospital has Courtesy Valet parking shouldnít you tip anyway?

Iím sorry we didnít. I was too weak to think about it and daughter was almost in shock herself.

Next time Iím there, in different area, iíll go around to that side and leave a tip.
If you are expected to tip them, Are you also expected to tip the Nurse's Aide that wheeled you out to the door?

Say it ain't so, because I have never tipped any of them, and I've been in too much lately.

How about tipping the housekeeper that sweeps the floor in my room, or the laundry worker that restocks the towels, or the Catering staff that delivers the meals, or the caterer that you call to get your meals?


Oh my, I'm such a rude patient, I just want to get better and escape.


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If hospital has Courtesy Valet parking shouldnít you tip anyway?

Iím sorry we didnít. I was too weak to think about it and daughter was almost in shock herself.

Next time Iím there, in different area, iíll go around to that side and leave a tip.
Ask the parking company. My hospital says no tips but I'm pretty sure some will accept.
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Ed, consider the trades that are either tip based or lower salary/tip based, like waitresses. I'm not saying they are or aren't, but it stands to reason. We have a food drive in in Atlanta that's been there forever, and back in the 60's the car hops were tips only, and being next to Georgia Tech, they made out pretty good.
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One of my bigger complaints about our local hospital is parking! They built the hospital in 91-92 and have been remodeling it every yr since. IMO they should take some of that money and build a parking garage. It's not uncommon to drive around for 15 minutes hunting a parking spot and often that's at the far end of the parking lot meaning a long walk to the hospital. They do have a guy in a golf cart that gives rides to the door or back to your car but the odds are he won't be near by if you need him.
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@Startingover , I'm going through much the same process as you and hate the white coat argument. I picked up an upper arm BO cuff and went into my Dr office to calibrate it. We did so but then they made me wait for the Dr to clear me to leave, 180/? and the nurse got excited. I told her that was on the low side for me and that made her more upset. Dr cam in and knew I was working on it and let me go.

Anyway, without your own cuff calibrated to theirs you don't stand a chance of them listening. But, even though my cuff agreed with theirs my BP was still a lot higher at the office than at home. I'm left with the white coat argument unless i can pin it on something else. Next visit I'm going to take my cuff along and arrive half hr or more early and relax in the waiting room AND keep checking my BP. If I can get a nice low number while waiting it should hold for me to walk into their office, should?

Note, there are a few things you can do to help, empty your bladder, minimize exercise, and I find less food and take my meds several hours earlier. If my body is holding water my pressure is up.

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@Startingover , I'm going through much the same process as you and hate the white coat argument. I picked up an upper arm BO cuff and went into my Dr office to calibrate it. We did so but then they made me wait for the Dr to clear me to leave, 180/? and the nurse got excited. I told her that was on the low side for me and that made her more upset. Dr cam in and knew I was working on it and let me go.

Anyway, without your own cuff calibrated to theirs you don't stand a chance of them listening. But, even though my cuff agreed with theirs my BP was still a lot higher at the office than at home. I'm left with the white coat argument unless i can pin it on something else. Next visit I'm going to take my cuff along and arrive half hr or more early and relax in the waiting room AND keep checking my BP. If I can get a nice low number while waiting it should hold for me to walk into their office, should?

Note, there are a few things you can do to help, empty your bladder, minimize exercise, and I find less food and take my meds several hours earlier. If my body is holding water my pressure is up.

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I sorta thought of these things. I sat in lobby 5 min controlling my breathing. Took my meds 2 hrs before. Good idea checking my BP myself before going into Dr office!

That was 9:30. Weirdly ironic bP plummeted after lunch.

Do you walk? Donít know how that helps but its suppose to.

I do ridiculously brief jogging an sprinting (old an old gal) since its good to get HR up. Dr did a formula an said 110 is my target HR. Treadmill at Gym tracks HR an I only get to 95 normally but never push myself there. Next time at gym Iíll try. Who knows if treadmills are accurate but it will give me an indication.

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Since I lost consciousness from low bp after big fried lunch my daughter said just eat like that before seeing Dr. next time. Too bad he only sees patients early Mornings. Iíd have to be up frying food at 3 am!
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Mine changes a little depending on which chair that I am sitting in.

While riding in the Wheelchair ( my power), it is lower by about 5 %, than when I have bolted my leg on, and am walking, and sit at the table to take my BP.

Also after standing doing dishes, or laundry, or any of the daily "chores".

Will probably get with the Doctors staff soon to get my monitor calibrated with theirs.

And I can cause my pressure to go down using that mental yoga thing that I mentioned earlier.

So I advocate that you all begin becoming one with yourself.

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I sorta thought of these things. I sat in lobby 5 min controlling my breathing. Took my meds 2 hrs before. Good idea checking my BP myself before going into Dr office!

That was 9:30. Weirdly ironic bP plummeted after lunch.

Do you walk? Donít know how that helps but its suppose to.

I do ridiculously brief jogging an sprinting (old an old gal) since its good to get HR up. Dr did a formula an said 110 is my target HR. Treadmill at Gym tracks HR an I only get to 95 normally but never push myself there. Next time at gym Iíll try. Who knows if treadmills are accurate but it will give me an indication.

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Since I lost consciousness from low bp after big fried lunch my daughter said just eat like that before seeing Dr. next time. Too bad he only sees patients early Mornings. Iíd have to be up frying food at 3 am!
When I worked in the Cardiac ICU, patients had to wait an hour before they walked after a meal. Blood goes to the stomach after a meal. Did it have anything to do with that? Then alcohol vasodilates, also causing a dip in BP.

I'm glad your daughter was with you.
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