Does Stress Cause High Blood Pressure?

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When you're under stress, and you feel your heart pounding, well that actually might be an increase in your blood pressure. So we know intuitively, yes, stress does lead to high blood pressure, and it's really important that we manage our stress to prevent it from developing. Breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, all of these things can help prevent the increase in blood pressure, and can help manage our stress, and you know what? It's really important that we manage our stress, because we have to prevent high blood pressure.

If you have a family history of high blood pressure, please go to your doctor, because this one of those things that we see in families, and often times I see young women in my office with a strong family history of high blood pressure, and they too have it and would have never have known it unless they got it checked.

It's the silent killer, and about 30% of Americans don't know that they were suffering from high blood pressure. So know your family history, and if you're an African American woman you are also at greater risk and all you have to do is to stick out your arm and get your blood pressure checked, and that's how you'll know.