We talked to the doctor about meds and he said that if her bp went that high and stayed that high after an hour they would try to use meds.
I know that somewhere in this forum the various readings from the blood tests and urin samples are explained, but can someone explain them or send a link. Today the doctor said her tests values looked great, and when I asked what the numbers were, they first responded by asking me if I knew what they would mean. I really just need to know the guidelines for detemining when they are too high or too low.
Originally posted by Caryn
How nervewracking for you both!
I've got to say, though, that I'm glad she got checked out. What our Experts tell us isn't that they don't believe in white coat htn, but rather that if you have it, it means that something about the way your body manages blood pressure is broken. If it weren't broken, your body wouldn't spike pressures in response to stress; since you do spike pressures, the control system that manages bp has something wrong with it.
(Sorry to use the generic "you" there; saying "Julie" every time read strangely too. [:)] )
A good NST and bloodwork and proteinuria should go a long way towards easing everyone's mind. Not that you don't need to continue to keep your eyes peeled for PE, of course, but then you already knew that!
Did they say anything about bp meds? I'm no doc, but it seems to me that if she spikes up high (rarely, or only when they're taking her bp, or whatever) that that's the sort of thing they tend to use low-dose beta blockers for -- they use them for high cardiac output cases, and women with high cardiac output often have white coat htn. They also use them for performance anxiety, which is pretty similar.
I hope she (and you) get a good night's sleep, and that things stay nice and calm around there.