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How to Lower Blood Pressure in a Doctor's Office

author image Cynthia Brown
Based in Virginia, Cynthia Brown is a registered nurse who has been writing about holistic health and complementary modalities for six years. She completed her master's in holistic nursing and her doctorate in nursing science. She has published in the American Journal of Holistic Nursing, American Nurse Today, and Natural Awakenings.
How to Lower Blood Pressure in a Doctor's Office
There are ways to keep your blood pressure from increasing. Photo Credit: Dutko/iStock/Getty Images

Your blood pressure may seem to get higher when you are in the doctor's office. According to the American Heart Association, "Blood pressure may increase temporarily when you're stressed, [however] stress has not been proven to cause diagnosable high blood pressure." There are simple techniques you can use to keep your blood pressure at a normal level when faced with a stressful situation, such as a doctor’s appointment.

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Step 1

Avoid caffeine.
Avoid caffeine.

Avoid caffeine for one hour prior to your appointment. According to the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute, “Caffeine in coffee as well as in other drinks, such as tea and sodas, only raises blood pressure temporarily.”

Step 2

Sit comfortably.
Sit comfortably.

Sit comfortably while your blood pressure is being checked, with your feet on the floor, legs uncrossed and your arm supported on a table (if possible).

Step 3

Visualize a calming scene.
Visualize a calming scene.

Visualize a calming scene in your mind’s eye, using all of your senses. It may be an ocean scene, a walk along a peaceful path, a softly flowing river or a beautiful garden--whatever is relaxing for you.

Step 4

Take your time.
Take your time.

If your blood pressure is elevated, ask for a few minutes to relax and have it taken again.

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