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Could anxiety increase blood pressure?

Could anxiety increase blood pressure?

Yes: Especially if you are having a panic attack. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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My blood pressure increase?

My blood pressure increase?

Treat high BP.: Hypertension can be treated without medication. Regular cardiovascular exercise, at least five days per week. DASH diet - salt < 2000mg daily, fiber (50 grams daily for women and 70 grams daily for men), lean protein sources and complex carbohydrates. Stress reduction - meditation and such. Sleep 6-9 hours nightly. Don't smoke cigarettes - ever. ...Read more

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Can blood donation reduce high blood pressure?

Can blood donation reduce high blood pressure?

No: High blood pressure or hypertension is not caused by excessive volume of blood in the body. Therefore donating blood usually has no effect on one's blood pressure. ...Read more

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What decreases blood pressure?

What decreases blood pressure?

Several things: Blood pressure can be decreased by losing weight, exercising, eating a low salt diet, moderate alcohol consumption, and taking medication. Lifestyle changes may be the first treatment, followed by medication if needed or in addition to lifestyle changes if the blood pressure is high enough. ...Read more

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Can medication for lowering blood pressure increase my blood pressure?

Can medication for lowering blood pressure increase my blood pressure?

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

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Does altitude increase blood pressure?

Does altitude increase blood pressure?

Probably not: It's unlikely that altitude causes any significant or long lasting change in bp. See this article: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/10453102. ...Read more

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What's the risk in lowest blood pressure and high blood pressure too.

Blood pressure: Most common problem with too low of blood pressure is dizziness and possibly passing out. Weakness or fatigue may also occur. Too high of a blood-pressure may lead to vascular disease, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, etc. ...Read more

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Could breath holding increase blood pressure or decrease blood pressure and why?

Could breath holding increase blood pressure or decrease blood pressure and why?

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

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High blood pressure help to reduce my blood pressure?

High  blood pressure help to reduce my blood pressure?

High blood pressure: You need to be evaluated by a primary care physician to come up with a treatment plan to control your blood pressure. ...Read more

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Can hungriness raise blood pressure?

Can hungriness raise blood pressure?

Vague: A thorough history and exam are needed to try and attempt to answer your question. Proper nutrition is critical when hbp is suspected or determined. ...Read more

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Is slow heart beat accompanied with high blood pressure or low blood pressure?

Is slow heart beat accompanied with high blood pressure or low blood pressure?

Depends.........: Depending on a lot of things including age, hydration, medications, fitness, current activity, pain, and many more, pulse and BP can both be high, both be low, one high and one low, or the other way. There's is not rule for that one - sorry. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause high blood pressure or does high blood pressure cause anxiety?

Can anxiety cause high blood pressure or does high blood pressure cause anxiety?

Both: Both can cause both, buts its good medicne to exclude organic causes first before you blame your hypertension on anxiety. ...Read more

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Does high blood pressure increase or decrease pulse?

Does high blood pressure increase or decrease pulse?

Depends: It depends on the situation. For example, during exercise both the heart rate and blood pressure will increase. However, if the blood pressure rises at rest it can trigger a reflex which causes, bradycardia, or a slowing of the heart rate. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause high blood pressure?

Can anxiety cause high blood pressure?

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

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Can Polycythemia Vera cause increased Heart Rate and high blood pressure?

Can Polycythemia Vera cause increased Heart Rate and high blood pressure?

Yes, possibly: Your doctor who diagnosed your P. Vera is your best source of advice for questions like this . Yes BP can go higher due to high Hemoglobin(Hb) level. Heart rate can fluctuate (go up and down) with so many reasons especially any emotional disturbance and increased physical activity can increase the heart rate. How high are your values of BP and Heart rate? Check them again when you are resting. ...Read more

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If loss of blood can lower blood pressure, can high blood pressure people dobaye blood?

If loss of blood can lower blood pressure, can high blood pressure people dobaye blood?

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 more

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Can high blood sugar cause high blood pressure?

Can high blood sugar cause high blood pressure?

Blood sugar: Chronic elevated blood sugar generally means diabetes. Diabetes causes kidney disease and resulting high bp. ...Read more

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Does blood pressure elevate when you are stressed?

Yes: When under stress your body releases a number of vasoactive substances that can elevated the blood pressure and pulse. ...Read more

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Hi i had 108/68 blood pressure in 2011 and when i went to longs today to check my blood pressure it said 149/70. Is it possible? I was a little stressed. I am worried because I am only 16 but I am a healthy weight and i just wanted to know how to get it d

Hi i had 108/68 blood pressure in 2011 and when i went to longs today to check my blood pressure it said 149/70. Is it possible? I was a little stressed. I am worried because I am only 16 but I am a healthy weight and i just wanted to know how to get it d

Blood : Blood pressure normally varies throughout the day. A single reading that is high does not mean you have high blood pressure. Recording your blood pressure at home and at work may provide additional information. Once blood pressure rises above 115/75 mm hg, the risk of cardiovascular disease begins to increase. Home blood pressure monitoring can help you keep closer tabs on your blood pressure. Home blood pressure monitors are widely available, and you don't need a prescription. If your blood pressure is under control, you may be able to make fewer visits to your doctor if you monitor your blood pressure at home. You can help keep your blood pressure from being high with diet and other measures. The dietary approaches to stop hypertension (dash) diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy foods. Maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, restrict salt, exercise, avoid stimulants and excess caffeine, reduce stress to the degree possible, and consider meditation/relaxation. Here is a link to the dash diet. ...Read more

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Is high blood pressure a sign that I am too stressed?

Is high blood pressure a sign that I am too stressed?

It can be: If your blood pressure is usually normal, and now it is up and you are under more than usual stress, then stress can be the cause of elevated blood pressure. However it is possible you actually have the condition of high blood pressure, and if it is high enough it needs to be treated. Your doctor will want to recheck it several times hours apart to determine if you need treatment. ...Read more

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I have been noticing that my armpits stink more than usual I have been a little stressed lately over my blood pressure could this be the problem?

I have been noticing that my armpits stink more than usual I have been a little stressed lately over my blood pressure could this be the problem?

Unclear: I don't know the cause of your body odor (it's not your blood pressure) but treatment is easy: there are many, many excellent inexpensive, over the counter deodorant products (and antiperspirants too) that will fix your right up! ...Read more

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This is probably nothing but my blood pressure keeps going down and down each time it's checked. I'm usually 112/80 but then it was 106/74, then 104/72, then the last time it was 80/54. I was laying down waiting for colonoscopy so I wasn't stressed.

This is probably nothing but my blood pressure keeps going down and down each time it's checked.  I'm usually 112/80 but then it was 106/74, then 104/72, then the last time it was 80/54. I was laying down waiting for colonoscopy so I wasn't stressed.

You may also have: been moderately dehydrated from the diarrhea associated with the bowel prep for your colposcopy. If you were not dizzy or lightheaded and did not pass out it will most likely return to normal when you return to normal oral intake and bowel activity. Like you assumed: "Probably nothing." ...Read more

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I am 17and have high blood pressure recently. I have been fairly busy and stressed out, could that make it high?

I am 17and have high blood pressure recently. I have been fairly busy and stressed out, could that make it high?

Stress ; BP: "stress" can cause some changes in your heart rate and blood pressure, but these generally normalize when your stress remits. Certain drugs can elevate BP too. You're very young to have sustained high blood pressure. I suggest a full evaluation with your physician. ...Read more

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I have for the past year have been having seizers and want to know if when I get really stressed out could my blood pressure cause them. ?

I have  for the past year have been having seizers and want to know if  when I get really stressed out could my blood pressure cause them. ?

No: Why do you not have your seizures treated With modern medicines you should be able to control them completely However factors making you more liable to seizures are STRESS, GOING WITHOUT FOOD FOR A LONG TIM (HYPOGLYCEMIA) INSUFFICIENT SLEEP, and SEVERE FATIGUE ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure, not high enough for BP pills. Other then exercise what can I due to lower my bp. I have been stressed for years, no oulet?

I have high blood pressure, not high enough for BP pills. Other then exercise what can I due to lower my bp. I have been stressed for years, no oulet?

Fruits and vegetable: The dash diet or dietary approach to stop hypertension is a well researched and recommended plan for this purpose. Details here http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash.Pdf. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure and repeatedly check my blood pressure throughout the day how do I break this habit. Totally stressed about high blood pre?

I have high blood pressure and repeatedly check my blood pressure throughout the day how do I break this habit.  Totally stressed about high blood pre?

Get Expert 2 Assess: If u're checking ur BP 2reassure urself that it's ok + u feel some relief after u check (though relief doesn't last because doubt that u may have missed something starts taking hold causing ur anxiety level 2shoot up all over again) consider seeing a clinical psychologist/psychiatrist 4a careful diagnostic assessment. This might or might not b ocd. Get expert opinion so can get targeted treatment! ...Read more

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People who are stressed are suffering from high blood pressure. Is this true?

People who are stressed are suffering from high blood pressure. Is this true?

Not really: Although stress may make high blood pressure worse the two are really independent problems. Each should be treated appropriately but a healthy lifestyle can alleviate both. ...Read more

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My blood pressure has been like 143/89 I drank beer on Friday it's Sunday now. I don't normally have hbp. Very worried I'm sure stressing isn't helpin?

My blood pressure has been like 143/89 I drank beer on Friday it's Sunday now. I don't normally have hbp. Very worried I'm sure stressing isn't helpin?

Reaction to alcohol.: Is the BP you're reading taken after laying flat for 5+ minutes of quiet rest in a darkened room? (That is the condition for resting BP & usually not done). If not, then non-resting BP can change depending on conditions. Alcohol is notorious for raising BP short-term. 143/89 isn't dangerously high but over the long-term, a resting BP this high can cause organ damage. Don't fret but do cut back. ...Read more

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I get blurred vision when i exercise or feel stressed. Could this be a sign of high blood pressure ? If so what should I do to stop this firm happenin

Doubt blood HBP: This could be a problem called pigmentary dispersion - which is mostly likely in higher myopes. If this is happening consistently then you should see a n ophthalmolgist for evaluation. High blood pressure is very uncommon at your age and does not cause visual blur in any case unless it is crazy high. ...Read more

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My blood pressure is 143/85.i take 2.5 lispirnol. Shld I call my dr? Is this too high? Not over weight, stressed out though. Thank you

My blood pressure is 143/85.i take 2.5 lispirnol. Shld I call my dr? Is this too high? Not over weight, stressed out though. Thank you

See below: Yes it is a little high you need to get a appt with you MD..Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) can raise BP in some folks..But you need a follow up with your MD to put this to rest. ...Read more

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Very busy at class today & kind of stressed. Blood pressure was 150/92. I'm on propranolol for SVT. If this keeps happening, what is my stroke risk?

Very busy at class today & kind of stressed. Blood pressure was 150/92. I'm on propranolol for SVT. If this keeps happening, what is my stroke risk?

Discuss w/ doctor: The doctor who treats your SVT is the best one to help get the BP controlled. At your age, that is quite unusally high and should be checked. The specific risk of stroke is not as useful as the overall need to manage your cardiovascular health. The SVT may not play a role at all - or it might. Work w/ Dr. Best! ...Read more

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What determines the stroke volume in one heartbeat? If i get stressed the volume rise and thats why u get high blood pressure right?

What determines the stroke volume in one heartbeat? If i get stressed the volume rise and thats why u get  high blood pressure right?

Wrong: Your BP goes up when you are stressed because your peripheral resistance (the "tone") of your arteries goes up. In a sick heart that may make the stroke volume go down. If I were you, I would be worried about the STRESS and not your Blood Pressure or its physiology (at age 22) ...Read more

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High blood pressure runs in my family. My mom's BP will be as high as 200/? Sometimes. Why does my BP stay around 100/70-even when stressed out?

Good BP: Although there are hereditary components to blood pressure, most often the major contributor to hypertension is a salt loaded diet and the inability of the body to get rid of the salt excess. Your BP is good and should try to keep it that way! ...Read more

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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. ?

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. ?

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. ...Read more

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Have high blood pressure, on amlodipine and levothyroxine. Feeling chest pain/congestion around heart especiallly when stressed. Best way2 calm down?

Blood pressure: Need to be sure your thyroid levels are normal on your lt4. Learning meditation is a good way to calm down. A start is consciously slowing your breathing down and telling yourself slowly to breath in, then out slowly. This is a first step to learning to bring yourself down. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Alves
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

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