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A 29-year-old female asked:

I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks and have elevated blood presssure when i'm stressed. my blood pressure returns to normal, but i was wondering if episodic high blood pressure can cause an enlarged heart like hypertension can. ?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Stress management: Frequent spikes in blood pressure (labile hypertension)are harmful but may not cause enlargement of the left ventricle such as occurs in longstanding sustained hypertension. I recommend stress management therapy for you as well as careful follow-up by your MD who will guide you on diet,etc.
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