Can anxiety lead to high blood pressure?
Answer Sheldon G. Sheps, MD.
Anxiety does not cause long-term high blood pressure (hypertension). However, anxiety can cause dramatic, transient high blood pressure.
When these transient spikes occur frequently, such as B. every day, they can damage blood vessels, heart and kidney and chronic hypertension. In anxiety, you will also be more likely to use other unhealthy habits that may increase your blood pressure, such as:
- drinking alcohol
Some medications used to treat anxiety and other mental illnesses such as serotonin and norepinephrine Reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) may also increase blood pressure.
If you have difficulty controlling your anxiety or if anxiety impairs your daily activities, talk to your doctor or mental health provider to find appropriate treatment.
Release date: 2017-03-04