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Thursday, January 29, 2009 Chrissy, Community Member, asks

Q: can an infection cause high blood pressure?

I am 27 years old. I recently went to the Dr for chest pains. After being seen they informed me that my bp was 155/101. They did an ekg and said it was ok then put me on bp meds and sent me home. I had a bp recheck 2 days later. It was now 160/105. The Dr told me to double up on the bp med and come back for a recheck in a week. I have checked my bp everyday since doubling the meds and it is still 145/ 105. I feel so dizzy and am having severe stomach pains and headaches and I am still having the chest pains. I also have a fast heart rate. I feel the Dr should have done blood work before throwing me on bp meds. I heard you can get high bp from having an infection?

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
1/30/09 12:40pm

Hi Chrissy,


Infections do have a connection to inflammation and heart disease. Infections elevate c-reactive protein (CRP) levels, an antibody-like protein. Increased CRP levels promote atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and can lead to high blood pressure. It's normal for CRP to rise temporarily when battling an infection, such as a urinary tract infection and then return to normal. It's the chronic infections that are reason for concern.


Continue to work with your physician to determine the root of your problem.


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD
Lower High Blood Pressure Naturally


Cathy, Community Member
8/18/12 9:05am

I know Lisa can't say this but I can. You need to find a new Doctor, quickly!


simpson,karen, Community Member
2/ 1/09 2:24am

Yes, headaches, rarely experienced, have occurred within the last several days.

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By Chrissy, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/22/14, First Published: 01/29/09