by Janet Hall
In an article on the Mayo Clinic (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/expert-answers/anxiety/faq-20058549) entitled, “Can anxiety cause high blood pressure?” by Sheldon G. Sheps, M.D., says, “Anxiety doesn’t cause long-term high blood pressure (hypertension). But episodes of anxiety can cause dramatic, temporary spikes in your blood pressure. If those temporary spikes occur frequently, such as every day, they can cause damage to your blood vessels, heart, and kidneys, as can chronic high blood pressure. In addition, people who are anxious or stressed are more likely to engage in unhealthy habits that can raise blood pressure, such as smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages and overeating.”
Further, from the Mayo Clinic website: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/symptoms-causes/syc-20373410, “Most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms, even if blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels. A few people with high blood pressure may have headaches, shortness of breath or nosebleeds, but these signs and symptoms aren’t specific and usually don’t occur until high blood pressure has reached a severe or life-threatening stage.”
“High blood pressure is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.
Blood pressure is determined both by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure.
You can have high blood pressure (hypertension) for years without any symptoms. Even without symptoms, damage to blood vessels and your heart continues and can be detected. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.
High blood pressure generally develops over many years, and it affects nearly everyone eventually. Fortunately, high blood pressure can be easily detected. And once you know you have high blood pressure; you can work with your doctor to control it.”
As we know, sales of alcoholic beverages are considerably up during this unusual time that we are experiencing worldwide. Stress and fear are at all time highs and never has the future been as uncertain (at least in our lifetimes) as it is now. Those with high blood pressure going into this are particularly at risk under these high stress, high-anxiety times.
If you are seeking to lower your blood pressure naturally; if you want to lower your risks – even in these times and are interested in natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals (and their side effects), I can help with online or in-person visits.
Janet L. Hall is a Naturopath, Certified Kinesiologist, Herbalist, Biofeedback specialist, Nutritional Counselor and Essential Oil Expert. Her center is dedicated to helping people “rise above!” anything in their lives. (505) 294-WELL (9355).