You go to see your family physician and your blood pressure jumps – is it really high or does just the thought of having your blood pressure taken make it rise?
White coat syndrome is a phenomenon in which some people have high blood pressure in the doctor’s office but not in other settings. It is believed to be caused by anxiety some people feel when going to the doctor’s office.
“It’s estimated that about 20-percent of the population experiences a rise in blood pressure when visiting their physician,” says Dr. James Tretter, Conemaugh Physician Group – Vascular Surgery. “High blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart and kidney disease so it is important to know if a person truly has it so it can be properly treated.”
The Conemaugh Health System’s new Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring program provides patients with a stretch sleeve that keeps a blood pressure cuff in place both day and night. The 24 hour monitoring system provides physicians with a one page report which includes a graph of the patient’s blood pressure including a sleep analysis.
“The system allows us to measure blood pressure variability, taking measurements throughout the day even overnight,” says Dr. Justin Boccardo, Conemaugh Physician Group – Vascular Surgery. “It provides an accurate look at blood pressure and helps us determine if a patient truly has a problem.”
The White Coat Syndrome Blood Pressure Monitoring program is available at both Conemaugh Memorial and Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Centers. For more information, patients may call 814-534-9667.
About Conemaugh Memorial’s Vascular Laboratory
Using some of the most technologically advanced equipment in the region, Conemaugh Memorial’s experienced vascular lab team performed more than 15,000 diagnostic procedures last year. Services range from exercise stress tests to specialized ultrasounds that zero in on the arteries in the arms or legs. The Vascular Lab at Conemaugh Memorial is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories. Conemaugh Memorial's Vascular Lab is one of a select number of vascular labs in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to achieve this distinction.
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Amy Bradley, Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (814) 534-3121