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Can Anxiety Increase Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more
Anxiety doesn't cause long-term high blood pressure (hypertension): But episodes of anxiety can cause dramatic, temporary spikes in your blood pressure. If those temporary spikes occur frequently, such as every day, they can cause damage to your blood vessels, heart and kidneys, as can chronic high blood pressure. In addition, when you have anxiety you're more likely to resort to other unhealthy habits that can increase your blood pressure, such as: Smoking, Drinking alcoholic beverages, Overeating. Some medications to treat anxiety and other mental health conditions, such as serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), can also increase your blood pressure. If you have trouble controlling your anxiety or if anxiety interferes with daily activities, talk to your doctor or a mental health provider to find an appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Generally no,: But there are many antidepressants out there. It would be helpful if you were asking about a specific one and we could answer better. There are some that can cause minor EKG changes, there is one that can cause a significant increase in blood pressure but it isn't used much anymore. Antidepressants are often used with people who have hypertension so it is not considered an aggravating factor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Everyone responds differently to BP meds and there have been reports of patients having an increase of blood pressure, for example related to renin levels, when started on BP meds. Remember however that our blood pressures rise and fall naturally throughout the day so it is important to follow trends over time. In some cases, the medicine is simply not working for you, not raising your BP. ...Read more
Blood pressure: Patients with high blood pressure can physiologically donate blood. Often they will not be allowed to donate because they may be on anti hypertensive and other drugs. Gettting a transfusion which contains hypotension directed drugs could be a problem for some people. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not certain: Great question. My thought is that it would increase BP because hyperventilation causes low co2 ; is a vasodilator leading to fainting. With breath holding, co2 rises and, i assume, would have the opposite effect-vasoconstriction. In addition, there is discomfort with prolonged breath holding and discomfort always causes BP to rise. (however, if breathing stops permanently, BP will surely fall). ...Read more
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
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