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can anxiety increase blood pressure

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: Especially if you are having a panic attack.

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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Lavi
34 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Anxiety can impact: On blood pressure. Biofeedback and hypnosis can help you learn to reduce anxiety and reduce blood pressure. You should also consider medication to red ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Schleimer
37 years experience in Orthodontics
Yes: Even the "normal" slight anxiety of going for an exam can raise your blood pressure.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Webber
31 years experience in Cardiology
Can do: This can be enough to set some peoples BP soaring! usually this happens to those suffering from pre-existing high BP issues. I rarely see BP problems ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sheldon Sheps
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Anxiety doesn't cause long-term high blood pressure (hypertension): But episodes of anxiety can cause dramatic, temporary spikes in your blood pressure. If those temporary spikes occur frequently, such as every day, th ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Rocamboli
17 years experience in Family Medicine
Both: Both can cause both, buts its good medicne to exclude organic causes first before you blame your hypertension on anxiety.
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
29 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes: Anxiety , stress, poor diet, obesity, age and genetic pool contribute to primary hypertension.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience in Family Medicine
No: antidepressants do not cause high blood pressure.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stanley Berger
32 years experience in Cardiology
Possibly: Everyone responds differently to BP meds and there have been reports of patients having an increase of blood pressure, for example related to renin le ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brandon Maples
17 years experience in Pharmacology
Absolutely: Absolutely it can, along with rapid heart rate, increased breathing, etc.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience in Cardiology
Yes: People who bleed to death virtually NEVER have high blood pressure immediately prior to or at the time of death. You can take that idea to the bank!
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Wright
28 years experience in Phlebology
None: No BP meds cause anxiety. Anxiety can cause high BP.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Fischer
10 years experience in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
High measurements: In a state of anxiety the pressure measurements can be elevated though this does not necessarily mean someone has high blood pressure.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
44 years experience in Dentistry
Vague: A thorough history and exam are needed to try and attempt to answer your question. Proper nutrition is critical when hbp is suspected or determined.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience in Cardiology
Caffeine : Can cause BP to go up.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience in Cardiology
Smoking: Smoking an cause BP to rise. Chronic smoking may be a contributor to chronic hi bp.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Alfreda jr
13 years experience in Internal Medicine
Hypertension anxiety: Typically no. However, anxiety can increase you blood pressure. Certain blood pressure medications can help relieve anxiety too. Look into a class of ... Read More
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Unusual: It would be unusual for lamotrigine to cause or worsen high blood pressure.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience in Cardiology
NO: Low blood pressure causes no symptoms until it reaches a critical level - then it causes dizziness. If it continues to drop, it causes nausea and then ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
The pressure returns: An otherwise healthy person with mild high blood pressure, or with moderate high blood pressure under control, should be able to donate blood as long ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience in Cardiology
Not certain: Great question. My thought is that it would increase BP because hyperventilation causes low co2 ; is a vasodilator leading to fainting. With breath ho ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Conte
Specializes in Neurology
Possibly: While SSRIs generally are very selective to the neurotransmitter serotonin, there may be some some effects on norepinephrine receptors. This theoreti ... Read More
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A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
It is possible : If you a lot of pain that could to slight elevation of the systolic blood pressure.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Stewart
43 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Anxiety may lead to: Hypertension by constricting blood vessels near the surface of the body as part of the fight/flight response. If this emergency response is set off t ... Read More
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