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Fluctuating blood pressure, stressed. How long after severe stress will blood pressure decrease?

The past week has been extremely difficult and I am suffereing with a great deal of stress . I am a 43 year old female. I have been checking my blood pressure because I just have not been feeling quite right. It has been fluctuating between 145/95 to 160/110. My blood pressure has always been within the normal range at about 115/70. I am working through the stressful situation and feeling a little better. How long after severe stress might you see blood pressure decreasing?
Asked On : Sat, 13 Oct 2012
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Blood Pressure is very much fluctuating entity, within few it can change abruptly. So if no underlying cause, then it should be normal within few hours after severe stress.

But anxiety may persist up to very long time after the stress and it affect blood pressure. So your main concern should be to remain anxiety free when the stress is over. If required you may take some anxiolytic for a few days.

However as your BP is too high I feel to exclude any other medical cause. Then you have to try some anti hypertensive. Keep record of your BP 3-4 times daily specially when you are relatively stress free.

MECHANISM:in stressful situation

anxiety----> Several metabolic and physiological changes-------> Increase O2 demand ------> More blood needed----->More active heart--->high BP

Hope you got it.

Best of luck.
Answered: Sat, 13 Oct 2012
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