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My BP was too high & my heart beat was fast too, what should I do ?

i went to my doctor the other day and i am scared of doctors and when she was checking my blood presure it was really high and my heart beat was fast too and now shes sending me to a heart specalist but i dont think theres anything wronge with. is there a link between felling scared and high blood presure and what shouold i do to not fell scared of the doctor
Fri, 7 Jan 2011
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Diabetologist 's  Response
what you are saying is popularly known as white coat hypertension-in medical parlance.

it is due to the fear of consequent actions doctors may put you in,

like---- asking you to undergo a battery of tests

causing unexpected financial commitments

wasting your working hours,

making you fore go little sweet nothings u were enjoying

in short making you a financial & psychological wreck



dear friend, doctors are not that cruel ,they too have heart & soul!

will any body harm their raw material?

without patient no dr. can survive

whether you need them or not they need you.

take the dr.as your soulmate,befriend him, he is not a fiend
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The same thing happened to me when I was 16! My doctor was really just a big jerk who always made me feel embarrassed, so my anxiety level was always through the roof when I was in his office. One time he checked my BP and it was extremely high, and based on that one time alone he wrote me a prescription for an anti-hypertensive (which lowers BP considerably). Considering the fact that I had normal BP all the rest of the time, this medication could have seriously hurt me if I had taken it. From that time on I have had fear and anxiety when I think about going to a doctor, which peaks while I'm in the office. If your doctor is nice and a rational person, you should make another appt with her and explain that you have a bit of a problem with anxiety in the doctor's office. Explain that it's a general anxiety and not a fear of her in particular. She will almost certainly understand and appreciate your being honest with her. If your fear is very intense and uncontrollable, you may have 'iatrophobia' which is essentially a fear of doctors. Check out http://iatrophobia.com/phobia.htm . If it's not that severe, don't feel bad because it's more common than you think. Doctors and their offices can be intimidating! If you only have a problem with this doctor in particular, you should consider looking for a different one. Good luck!
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