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Camp Pendleton, CA
A 26-year-old female asked:

Bp 126/79 when anxious at appointment. is it normal for anxiety to slightly affect your bp?

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Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Yes: Increases in diastolic pressure and systolic pressure occur during periods of anxiety, as anxiety is tied to stress hormones that increase pressure within the cariocascular system. Increases in blood pressure on account of anxiety due to a medical encounters is referred to as white coat syndrome.

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