The Connection Between Stress and Hypertension

If you’ve been dealing with long-term stress, learn how it’s connected to a blood pressure condition called hypertension — an

Have you been dealing with a high amount of stress lately – from work, personal relationships, or a recent life-changing event? Whatever the cause, long-term stress is not good for the body. Believe it or not, ongoing stress can cause a condition called hypertension, which is high blood pressure with no obvious symptoms. 

This condition affects approximately 1 in 3 Americans. Fortunately, there is help available. At High Point Medical Clinic in St. Robert, Missouri, Dr. Linda J. Morgan-Evans can help you manage your blood pressure, so you can avoid further health complications in the future.

What is hypertension?

When your blood pushes against your artery wall, this can cause problems. Hypertension can develop over the course of several years when not moderated. At worst, uncontrolled hypertension can result in a heart attack, stroke, aneurysms, kidney problems, or other chronic conditions. 

Even short, temporary spikes in blood pressure can cause damage to your heart, kidneys, and blood vessels. The damage from these short-term but extreme spikes can be similar to long-term high blood pressure.

How to know if you have hypertension

The problem with hypertension is that it doesn’t have any obvious outward symptoms. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t causing any damage internally. Chronic stress is the best way to determine that you may have hypertension – especially if you are anxious to the point of feeling physically exhausted or ill. 

Other possible factors that contribute to hypertension include a family history of stress, being overweight, diabetes, excessive drinking and smoking, and a diet that is high in sodium but low on potassium.

Dr. Morgan-Evans can check your blood pressure over the course of a few visits to provide a diagnosis. Hypertension is diagnosed in patients with a reading of 130/80 or higher. Depending on the severity of your condition, hypertension can be managed with medication and lifestyle changes, such as exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, getting plenty of sleep, and making changes to your diet.

If your hypertension is linked to anxiety or depression, Dr. Morgan-Evans may also recommend antidepressants or therapy to improve your mental health as well as physical health.

Learn more about the connection between stress and hypertension

If your stress has been out of control and is starting to affect your overall health, you can reach Dr. Morgan-Evans for a consultation at 573-336-3644. You can also schedule an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you.

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