Blood Pressure


One of the things that Heart Transplant Patients have to monitor on a daily basis is our blood pressure. I’m fairly typical as a HTP, in that mine is slightly higher in the morning, and lower in the evening. (I take my BP morning and evening, daily)

During my last clinical I had my annual right & left heart cath and my BP was high. I got into a long discussion, almost an inquistion, with my transplant coordinator on what my BP numbers looked like at home, and when was the last time I had my cuff checked. The end of that discussion, at that point, was to let me ride and see how I’m doing going forward.

Well, “going forward” will be here in a couple of weeks, as I have my semi-annual biopsy in early Dec. I always track my vitals on a spreadsheet, but after my visit almost 6 months ago, I added 2 graphs (AM & PM) BP’s. I’ve also added “trend lines” ………. to me they look good, and very stable.

The other evening I was in attendance at our monthly heart transplant dinner support group and was talking to a longer term “heartie” (he’s 10+ years out). We have the same coordinator and he’s always having the same discussions (inquistions) about BP’s as I have. Another recipient was listening and suggested we both have “white coat syndrome”, which is probably partially true. Where that theory falls apart, to a degree, is if I’m around my other coordinator, my BP’s are always very good to excellent.

Maybe I have “Selective Whitecoat Syndrome”? Time will tell in a couple of weeks.

How's Your BP?

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Evening (PM) BP

About DAP

I am a heart transplant recipient and these are my stories and thoughts. My desire is to assist others pre or post heart transplant in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.
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