Can A Infection Cause A Increase In Blood Pressure Given Enough Time

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Can A Infection Cause A Increase In Blood Pressure Given Enough Time

Can an infection cause a increase in blood pressure if it goes on for a long time?

Answer

Hi Roy,

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.

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