Good question. This diagnosis of “office-related” high blood pressure is usually suggested when the blood pressure is elevated during an office visit, but is not usually during the activities of every day life. This may be caused by the anxiety of being in a doctor’s office. Normally, blood pressure increases during activity and decreases at rest. It’s often higher in cold weather and can rise when you’re under stress, startled by a loud noise or feel threatened. If your blood pressure is high in the doctor’s office monitoring your blood pressure at home can help determine your true blood pressure. The best way to get an accurate reading is to take your blood pressure once a day at the same time so you minimize the effect that external factors have on the reading. A single high reading of blood pressure is not a cause for alarm. If you do note recurrent high readings, let your doctor know. Monitoring at home is a good way to determine your true blood pressure and give your doc...
What the risks are
There are no risks.
The following may create a false positive result:
Vaginal secretions (such as blood or heavy mucus discharge)
Trichomonas infection (such as trichomoniasis )
False negative tests can be caused by:
High levels of protein
High levels of vitamin C
We all have questions and concerns about Migraine disease and it's impact. We want and need to understand both the immediate and long-term impact. Some of the most frequently asked questions that arise are related to white matter lesions on the brain, also known as white matter intensities.
We do know that Migraines can cause white matter lesions, also called white matter hyperintensities (WMH), to form on the brain. White matter is the whitish part of the brain that is made up of cells called axons. Axons facilitate nerve communication. White matter hyperintensities are sections of the white matter that appear as brighter white patches on the white matter on MRIs. They're small infarcts (areas of tissue that undergoes tissue death due to cessation of the blood supply) and indicate damage to the axons.
WMH can have causes other than Migraine. They can be due to age or conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's Disease.
There have now been several stud...
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