High BP and anxiety

Q: My blood pressure is usually 140/70. But when I am anxious, it can rise to 170-180/85. How often does an anxiety-produced high blood pressure have to occur to be considered a problem requiring medication?

A: Even when you are anxious, your blood pressure should stay within the normal range then drop to a lower level when the anxiety has passed.  Your blood pressure is at a range where treatment should be considered. You should talk to your doctor about treatment options.  You may be able to get in good control with life style modifications.  The Resperate would be a non-drug option.

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