Can Stress Cause High Blood Pressure?

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Can Stress Cause High Blood Pressure?

I get tensed up and stressed quite easily and my blood pressure spikes to 130/100. Is my stress causing this high level? What can I do to lower my level?

Answer

The ideal blood pressure is less than 120/80, so at 130/100 you are high. A diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) of 100 is actually considered very high and I recommend you consult your doctor as soon as possible if that's the case. Stress can indeed boost blood pressure, and it can cause many other health issues, as well. You should try to take steps to lower your stress level to help your overall physical and emotional health.

Also, check out this article for steps you can take to lower high blood pressure:
High Blood Pressure: 9 Steps to Rein in Skyrocketing Numbers

Here's a link to more information on lifestyle changes that will lower blood pressure.

Some other information on heart disease is in these articles:

Stress and Heart Disease: How to Lower Levels to Reduce Your Risk

How Sleep Affects Overall Health

Rocking Yourself to Sleep Can Benefit Adults

Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN