Fort Lauderdale, FL
A 27-year-old male asked:

I have panic disorder and my blood pressure dropped from 120/79 to 110/65. can blood pressure spikes of 180/124 from panic attacks damage the heart and cause this change? should i be concerned?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Matthew Smith
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Probably not.: Unless blood pressure is very, very high, it does not tend to pose an immediate risk. High blood pressure otherwise tends to pose a cardiovascular risk when it is sustained over at least some weeks or months. Temporary increases, like yours, tend to be a part of normal life, in temporary excitement or exercise. So you don't need to panic about this!
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