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Will having even a small anxiety or panic attack cause your blood pressure to go up for the rest of the day?

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Not by itself: Anxiety does cause BP to rise, of course. But hypertension as a condition needing treatment typically begins as "labile" hypertension--high blood pressure than comes and goes. If an anxietry attack triggers persisting high bp, it should be reviewed by a physician for possible treatment.

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Last updated Jan 28, 2017

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