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Do odors affect blood pressure?

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Dr. Andrew Freeman
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Maybe

Any strong odor -- particularly if it is offensive to you may increase your blood pressure.
An allergic response to a volatile organic compound could in theory cause a lowering of blood pressure.

In brief: Maybe

Any strong odor -- particularly if it is offensive to you may increase your blood pressure.
An allergic response to a volatile organic compound could in theory cause a lowering of blood pressure.
Dr. Andrew Freeman
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Dr. John Garner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Yes

Noxious (foul) odors can trigger something called a vasovagal reflex and dramatically decrease blood pressure.
By the same token, anything provoking a strong negative emotion can trigger an adrenaline-based response which will raise pressure.

In brief: Yes

Noxious (foul) odors can trigger something called a vasovagal reflex and dramatically decrease blood pressure.
By the same token, anything provoking a strong negative emotion can trigger an adrenaline-based response which will raise pressure.
Dr. John Garner
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