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Can BP rise THIS high during a panic attack ?

I had a panic attack yesterday, because I thought I had ingested too many pain pills... I called the ambulance, and the recorded my blood pressure my blood pressure as 196/124 and my heart rate was 120 per minute. My usual blood pressure is around 150/95 and my heart rate is usually at 95. Is it possible for someone blood pressure to rise from 150/95 to 196/124 during a panic attack?
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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yes it can, because during an anxiety attack you "panic" you believe you are dying. It is like someone is standing with a gun to your head, of course your are going to freak, and your body is going to act accordingly. But there are alot of things that help, and alot that don't. don't drink alot of caffine, or smoke alot, and while people smoke to relax, it only hinders you during a panic attack. You whole bady goes haywire in response to your fear.
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