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Does anxiety raise blood pressure?

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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At April 25, 2021
Reviewed AtJuly 10, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 27-year-old male working in the IT sector. For the past few months, I am monitoring my BP (blood pressure) and pulse rate. My blood pressure is in the range of 130/90 to 150/90 mm Hg, but today it was 140/90 mm Hg, and my pulse rate is in the range of 85 to 95 beats per minute. But today, it was 84 beats per minute. I have done my ECG (electrocardiogram) and 2-D echocardiography test, and both are normal. What may be the reason for this high blood pressure at this age? And is it a really serious issue?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

140/90 mm Hg is the upper limit of normal blood pressure. Sometimes slightly higher blood pressure may be due to anxiety, especially hospital or related clinical anxiety called whitecoat hypertension. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle, adopt an active lifestyle, reduce salt intake, do daily exercise, adopt a Mediterranean diet, take more potassium. All these measures will reduce blood pressure without medicines. Once these measures fail, then medicines are added, but these measures only can control blood pressure for many years. The family history of hypertension is a cause of hypertension. Some basic tests should be done, such as renal function tests and electrolytes. Your electrocardiography is normal.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq
Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq


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