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How high can BP rise with anxiety? Can anxiety cause heart attack?

3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology

In brief: If U R having

High BP or fear u r having a heart attack, u should seek medical attention.
Whether or not anxiety is impacting on your BP or not, u may need medication 2 lower the bp. I do not believe that anxiety can cause a heart attack, but until u have been checked out u will not know if u r having panic attack symptoms or a heart attack. Once medical has been ruled out, psychotherapy ; hypnosis can help.

In brief: If U R having

High BP or fear u r having a heart attack, u should seek medical attention.
Whether or not anxiety is impacting on your BP or not, u may need medication 2 lower the bp. I do not believe that anxiety can cause a heart attack, but until u have been checked out u will not know if u r having panic attack symptoms or a heart attack. Once medical has been ruled out, psychotherapy ; hypnosis can help.
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Dr. Umesh Patel
Preventive Medicine

In brief: Anxiety-HTN

Anxiety causes release of adrenaline like compounds which stiffen the blood vessel walls, increase the heart's efficiency and divert blood to the critical organs, all which increase bp.
Repeated or continuous stress elevates BP and causes gradual damage over many years. Resulting in heart attack, kidney failure or stroke.

In brief: Anxiety-HTN

Anxiety causes release of adrenaline like compounds which stiffen the blood vessel walls, increase the heart's efficiency and divert blood to the critical organs, all which increase bp.
Repeated or continuous stress elevates BP and causes gradual damage over many years. Resulting in heart attack, kidney failure or stroke.
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Dr. Kevin Daly
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Anxiety

Anxiety can raise the blood pressure and heart rate as your body releases adrenaline during an anxiety attack.
Anxiety attacks can feel like a heart attack. If you're healthy an anxiety attack is rarely harmful in the short term. If someone who already has heart disease has an anxiety attack it can potentially precipitate an arrhythmia or heart attack.

In brief: Anxiety

Anxiety can raise the blood pressure and heart rate as your body releases adrenaline during an anxiety attack.
Anxiety attacks can feel like a heart attack. If you're healthy an anxiety attack is rarely harmful in the short term. If someone who already has heart disease has an anxiety attack it can potentially precipitate an arrhythmia or heart attack.
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