Treating High Blood Pressure Through Stress? Explanation + 6 Healthy Tips

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Preventing And Solving Heart and Vascular Diseases Due to Stress

Having high blood pressure can have serious consequences for your body.

It is therefore vital to remedy high blood pressure caused by stress.

In this article you will discover 6 tips to quickly improve your high blood pressure due to stress.

Purpose of this article:  You will learn the connection between stress and high blood pressure. You will be introduced to a number of symptoms and by means of 6 useful tips you will learn how to treat and prevent high blood pressure due to stress.


Stress and High Blood Pressure: What’s the Connection?

If you have come to this article, you are probably wondering whether there is a connection between stress and high blood pressure.

The answer to this question is very simple: YES!

When you are under stress, your body produces stress hormones. These raise your blood pressure because your heart beats faster and your blood vessels narrow.

Normal blood pressure is essential for your health. Blood pressure is expressed in millimeters of mercury, abbreviated mmHg.

With an ideal blood pressure, the upper pressure is 120 mmHg and the negative pressure is 90 mmHg. With elevated blood pressure, the upper pressure is higher than 140 mmHg and the lower pressure higher than 90 mmHg.

In scientific terms, high blood pressure is called hypertension .

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When we think of stress, we should divide it into two categories: acute and chronic stress. While both types of stress can raise your blood pressure, they have different effects.


Acute stress and high blood pressure

Acute stress is caused by a specific event.

Acute stress triggers your sympathetic nervous system; your heart rate increases, your blood vessels constrict and your blood pressure rises.

Suppose you have  brontophobia, a panicky fear of thunder. After a beautiful summer day, threatening storm clouds pass over. The sky turns pitch black and it starts to rain heavily. It won’t be long before you see a flashing bolt of lightning and hear the thunder roll.

Acute stress overtakes you and you panic completely: your heart rate increases, your legs start to tremble and you break out in a cold sweat.

After the heavy storm, the sun breaks through the clouds again. Your anxiety subsides and you feel calmer.

As long as you suffer from this acute stress, your blood pressure will remain a lot higher than normal. Still, your body can handle these acute changes in blood pressure quite well.

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What you really need to worry about is chronically elevated blood pressure.


Chronic stress and increased blood pressure

A recent study examined the stress levels of 412 people who had high blood pressure for non-medical reasons over 13 years.

Researchers mainly tested the level of stress hormones in the subjects’ bodies.

It turned out that the cortisol level in the blood in these subjects remained quite high during all these years.

And that’s not surprising, because cortisol is the stress hormone that is released when your body senses that it is in danger. And chronic stress is considered very dangerous by your body.

The study concluded that the release of stress hormones – such as cortisol – promotes high blood pressure.

But long-term stress also affects your lifestyle and choices that can lead to high blood pressure.

The more stress you experience, the worse you sleep, the less you exercise and the less healthy you eatSleep deprivation and little exercise can also lead to elevated blood pressure.

And what do you think that quick fried bite does to your blood pressure? Indeed: because of the fat and too much salt, your blood pressure will soar.


Can low blood pressure be caused by stress?

Often, low blood pressure — or in scientific terms, hypotension — is a sign of multiple conditions such as dehydration, a serious infection, or the use of certain medications.

Although stress is not a known cause of abnormally low blood pressure, hypotension can be associated with stress.

It may sound contradictory, but low blood pressure is especially common in people who often suffer from panic attacks. The reason for this is that a panic attack is often accompanied by hyperventilation.

Hyperventilation occurs when your breathing pattern changes in such a way that the level of carbon dioxide in your body decreases.

Without enough carbon dioxide, your body has to work harder to function properly. Your blood has to flow faster and as a result, your blood vessels widen. As your blood vessels dilate, your blood pressure can drop.

Fainting is also a common complaint of low blood pressure.


How Much Can Stress Raise Your Blood Pressure?

A major health study was recently conducted in Mississippi into the relationship between stress and high blood pressure.

All health records of 1,800 subjects were accurately tracked for 7 years.

About 30% of new diagnoses occurred after a period of low stress. About 35% after years of moderate stress and almost 40% after a period of chronic stress. Nearly half of all participants developed high blood pressure during this period.

The study found that participants who reported high stress levels over time had a 22% increased risk of high blood pressure.

As you can read, the consequences of chronic stress on high blood pressure are not wrong. Preventing high blood pressure due to stress is therefore very important.

But what exactly do you experience with high blood pressure due to stress?


What are the symptoms of high blood pressure due to stress?

If you’re looking for a list of stress-induced high blood pressure symptoms, I’ll have to disappoint you. And now you’re probably wondering why.

Well, very simple: because high blood pressure often does not cause specific complaints or symptoms.

High blood pressure from stress is like a ‘silent killer’!

However, a number of symptoms may be indirectly related to high blood pressure due to stress:


#1: Headache

According to a  study  published in the  Iranian Journal of Neurology  , headaches due to high blood pressure usually occur on both sides of the head. It is a pulsating headache that often gets worse with physical exertion.

However, another study published in the  American Journal of Hypertension found that there is no link between headaches and high blood pressure due to stress.


#2: Dizziness

While dizziness can be a side effect of some blood pressure medications, it is not directly caused by high blood pressure.

Still, it is not wise to ignore vertigo, especially if it comes on suddenly.

Sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination are all warning signs of a stroke. And a stroke can be the result of high blood pressure.


#3: Ringing in the ears

Ringing in the ears can also indicate high blood pressure but is not necessarily a symptom of this.

Research has shown that there is a link between high blood pressure and tinnitus. This has to do with the way your blood flows through your body. If the pressure in the auditory system rises, it can lead to tinnitus.

The great danger in high blood pressure due to stress actually lies in the fact that you often experience no clear symptoms.

However, this does not mean that high blood pressure is not dangerous. This can lead to very serious cardiovascular diseases.

The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure from stress is to check your blood pressure regularly. If you don’t want to go to your doctor every time, you can easily do this yourself.


How can you lower high blood pressure due to stress?

What to do if you have high blood pressure due to stress? Below you can find 6 tips to lower your high blood pressure as quickly and healthily as possible. Each and every one of these tips will quickly tackle the effects of stress.

I mentioned it before: chronic stress also affects your lifestyle and choices that can lead to high blood pressure

So it will come down to changing your lifestyle and the choices you make in your life.


Tip 1: Improve your sleep

The less you sleep, the higher your blood pressure can rise. Sleep helps regulate stress hormones and hormones that promote metabolism.

Over time, lack of sleep can cause fluctuations in hormones, which can lead to high blood pressure.

A good night’s sleep is therefore very important to prevent high blood pressure due to stress.

However, sleeping well is not so easy if you cannot fall asleep due to stress…

So some useful tips:

  • Do not drink caffeinated drinks several hours before bedtime. Caffeine has a stimulating effect. Rather drink a cup of herbal tea with a calming effect such as lavender or chamomile.
  • Do not take your smartphone or tablet into your bedroom. This way you won’t be disturbed by any notifications while sleeping.
  • Turn off the TV one to two hours before bedtime. The blue light overstimulates your brain. Before going to bed, do something that is less stimulating such as reading a book or meditating.
  • Provide blackout curtains and let as little clutter as possible in your room.
  • If you are sensitive to noise, consider earplugs.

Tip 2: Go on a ‘healthy heart’ diet

A ‘healthy heart’ diet is not only important for keeping your blood pressure under control.

It also limits the risk of cardiovascular disease due to high blood pressure.

Eat healthy foods as much as possible such as:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Whole-wheat products
  • Poultry and fish
  • Nuts and legumes
  • Vegetable fats
  • Saturated fats
  • Salty
  • Red meat
  • Candy and sweetened drinks

Getting into the habit of reading prepackaged food labels can help you make more informed choices.

Pay particular attention to saturated fats and salt content. These have the property of raising your blood pressure.


Tip 3: Limit the use of alcohol

After a busy day, you can relax with a glass of white wine.

And letting loose all the reins in the pub on Friday evenings can also be very relaxing.

However, alcohol can cause your blood pressure to skyrocket. Alcohol reduces the elasticity of the artery walls.

Alcohol also has a negative influence on the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. This hormonal system in your body is important for regulating your blood pressure, among other things.


Tip 4: Get plenty of exercise

Physical activity not only helps to control high blood pressure, but also lowers your stress level.

If you have a busy life, exercise may not always come your way.

Still, regular exercise is one of the best decisions you can make to avoid high blood pressure caused by stress.

Don’t think that you have to become a top athlete right away.

Aim for about three hours of moderate-intensity exercise per week.

You can divide these three hours as it suits you best, for example half an hour of exercise every day.

Above all, do what you enjoy. If you don’t like swimming, you really don’t have to swim laps in the local pool.

Walking, cycling or yoga are perfect forms of exercise to avoid high blood pressure caused by stress.


Tip 5: Use your medicines

Unfortunately, high blood pressure due to stress cannot always be solved in a ‘natural way’.

If your blood pressure is too high, it can be dangerous not to lower it. It is therefore advisable to discuss this with your doctor.

While drugs never address the cause, they can treat symptoms and prevent worse.

If you no longer have high blood pressure, you can ask your doctor to reduce the medication.


Lowering high blood pressure due to stress without medication ?

I saved the best tip for you last.

There are many people who have come out of the vicious stress circle and have therefore got rid of high blood pressure due to stress.

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I have good news: you can do this too! There is absolutely no reason why you cannot belong to this group. But… all in due time.

Before you can get rid of high blood pressure due to stress, it will be important to tackle everything that causes stress in your life.

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