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Sunday, June 28, 2009 brenicola, Community Member, asks

Q: Is anxiety dangerous if it interferes with your BP? I'm 24 my BP was 160/100.

I had a laps in my insurance and since then, I've been experience anxiety. The anxiety often comes back seemingly unprovoked at night before bed, making sleep impossible over the pounding in my chest. I guess I never thought that this could REALLY be affecting my body. I'm a 24 year old women. I recently went into a clinic for my annual exam. I weighed in at 106 lbs., I'm 5'3" and fairly healthy. when the lady went to take my blood pressure she looked a little confused, took me to another room and took it a few more times on different cuffs. My blood pressure was 160/100 and it did go down eventually. I never would have had a second thought that my blood pressure was going up when this happens. My anxiety gets much worse through out the day. Could this cause permanant damage over time? Or do you think this is nothing to worry about?

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
6/29/09 5:05pm

Hi Brenicola,

 

Check out the post below to learn about the effect of panic attacks/anxiety on heart disease risk.

 

Does My Temperament/Personality Play a Role in My Risk for Heart Disease?

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

Be Heart Healthy and Lose Weight

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