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does stress effects your blood pressure?

I'm 36 yrs old and i discovered that lately my blood pressure increased to 140 / 100 and i know that i'm suffering from stress and anxiety. I'm 36 yrs old and i discovered that lately my blood pressure increased to 140 / 100 and i know that i'm suffering from stress and anxiety. one main reason of my stress is our first newborn. I'm his proud dad but I can't sleep at night, due to constant crying and am feeling a lot of responsibility. When i hear him crying i get the urge to go running with him to the g.p and every time he tells me that he's normal. My life seems to have changed upside down.
Sat, 12 Dec 2009
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Yes, very much so and management of it is very important for various reasons, even for people who don't have a blood pressure problem, let alone someone who does. I took the liberty of looking it up for you so I could give you a more informative answer, as I feel this subject warrants it and this is want I found: "In a challenging situation the brain prepares the body for defensive action—the fight or flight response by releasing stress hormones, namely, cortisone and adrenaline. These hormones raise the blood pressure and the body prepares to react to the situation. With a concrete defensive action (fight response) the stress hormones in the blood get used up, entailing reduced stress effects and symptoms of anxiety. When we fail to counter a stress situation (flight response) the hormones and chemicals remain unreleased in the blood stream for a long period of time. It results in stress related physical symptoms such as tense muscles, unfocused anxiety, dizziness and rapid heartbeats." The site I got this from had a small article on it, which is where this bit of info came from. In case you are interested in reading it yourself to see it if applies to you or what you can learn, I'll list it below.
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