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Does stress cause high blood pressure?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Emotional stress and anxiety from problems on the job, family problems, and other personal problems can raise blood pressure. Most of the time you don't even realize you are stressed out until you burn out, or as in the case of 1.1 million people in America each year, until you have a heart attack. Stress can show itself through a wide variety of physical changes and emotional responses, and these symptoms vary greatly from one person to the next. 

Perhaps the most universal sign of stress is a feeling of being pressured or overwhelmed. If you are experiencing symptoms of stress, chances are good that your level of stress is excessive. If left untreated, stress can lead to permanent feelings of helplessness and ineffectiveness. See your doctor or a mental health counselor to get back in control. Learning how to manage stress, relax, and cope with problems can improve your emotional and physical health.

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