A 27-year-old male asked:
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can blood pressure spikes from panic attacks of up to 190/128 (lasting 2 - 3 minutes ) cause a brain hemorrhage if blood pressure is otherwise normal (118/75 relaxed) ?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: It's the rate of blood pressure climb rather than the level that may cause arterial damage, and going from 118/75 to 190/128 rapidly is dangerous. If this is a frequent occurrence I believe you should be under a cardiologists care for both prevention and treatment as well as checking for other causes of hypertensive spikes.
Answered on Jul 4, 2018

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