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Q: Can a shoulder tear ache and pain increase blood pressure?

I tore rotator cuff 10 days ago which results in constant ache and pain when move.  My blood pressur as been higher since 155/75/65 vs 120/65/60 before?  I am on blood pressure medication.

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Martin Cane, M.D., Health Pro
9/19/08 3:56pm



Thanks for your question. 


A person's blood pressure is very dynamic and changes from time to time depending on internal and external factors.  Exercise, lack of sleep, anxiety, and stress are just a few of the things that can affect a person's pressure.  Pain certainly can raise blood pressure, especially if it is ongoing, and as you can see, it's usually the systolic reading (the upper number) that changes the most.  The reading of 155 is high, but not alarming.  I would direct your efforts at getting treatment for your shoulder, which should include pain control.  When this is settled, your pressure should come back down. 


I hope this has been helpful.  Feel better.


Martin Cane, M.D.



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