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    Ive got a physical coming up soon and wanted to find out if anyone can help. Whenever I take my blood pressure at home it is around 130/70. Anytime anybody else takes it(doctors/nurses), it shoots up to about 160/90. Ive heard about the white coat syndrome, but how do i get around it during a medical exam? Any help would be appreciated.

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    Take Viagra.

    Just kidding(it would work though). Honestly the best thing you can do is try your hardest to relax, I can't really think of anything else that would work outside of a medication.

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    Thanks, but id rather not sport wood at my medical exam.
    Anyone know of vitamins or anything else that could work. Thanks

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    I had the same thing happen to me, I quit using caffeine for about 2 weeks before my exam and that dropped my systolic from about 130 to around 110. If your a big caffeine user I would try that. Also just try to relax, I doubt they would disqualify you from getting the job for having a high BP one time, in order to accurately get your BP they need to take it multiple times.

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    close your eyes and take a few slow breaths. Then think of something mundane...like changing the oil in your car, mowing the lawn or doing dishes. It'll take your mind off the white coats and keep the BP down a bit. I use this technique whenever I get a shot or go to the dentist.

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    Yeah, it sounds like you have white coat syndrome, alright. Neither one of those numbers is perfect, yet I feel it could be dealt with very easily if you are willing to make some sacrifices. Make some lifestyle changes right now. You could do all of these things at once, or space them out for the 2 weeks before you go in for your physical.

    For 2 weeks before:
    No caffeine or alcohol. Either will bring mine up: from 100/60 to 120/80... that's a huge difference.... though not dangerous even at the higher end.

    For 1 week before:
    The above plus:
    No salt (eat whole foods- no processed food. No TV dinners, no restaurant food.) Do some cardio each day: Easy to Moderate, 30 minutes, stretch afterwards.

    During this week, if it were me, I would go get a good, relaxing massage. That might be overboard for some people. But the tension created from muscle spasm and little aches and pains we don't know we have can contribute to stress. Sometimes, if I work on someone who has a blood pressure problem, I take a pre and post, and there is often a significant difference in the two. Don't do it the 2 days before your physical, though: this might make you sore, and that wouldn't be good. Drink lots of water after your bodywork.

    2 days before:
    No weight lifting. As much as I push lifting weights, it does elevate some people's blood pressure. Usually it's very temporary, but better safe than sorry.

    Day of:
    Don't talk to your ex or anyone with whom you might have an upsetting conversation.
    Try not to focus on any problems financially or otherwise that are due that you might be stressed about. During the exam, try to think of a relaxing thing: a quiet empty field or meadow, or sailing on a calm quiet summer day. Take long slow deep breaths.

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