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It's normal physiology for blood pressure to rise higher in a "fight or flight" situation. bp medicines do not prevent it. true (?); then what does?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
True: You can't prevent it and wouldn't want to. Episodic high blood pressure associated with daily life has never been shown to be harmful. Resting high blood pressure is. The diagnosis of "hypertension" is based on elevated average BP at complete rest (called "basal conditions"). Antihypertensive meds do blunt the response. One generally wants to see peak bp.

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