Blood pressure fluctuates all the time, hour-by-hour, and day-by-day, and there has been extensive over-diagnosis and unnecessary treatment of millions of people because of this. In fact, it’s not uncommon for blood pressure to rise simply in response to a doctor’s visit! This is called the “white coat syndrome” and I’ve seen it repeatedly. On […]
One of my Facebook friends was asking me for advice for her sister, who has hypertension (high blood pressure). I didn’t suggest a statin or a blood pressure lowering medication, as the first choice. I explained that, while there are factors like high blood pressure or a stressful lifestyle which contribute to hypertension, sometimes the root cause is deep emotional tension from the past.
With all the bad news dominating the headlines, it’s no wonder that an unprecedented number of people are experiencing stress. Stress, like any other emotional issue, manifests in the body to get our attention. When you’re anxious and worried for long periods of time, it’s common to experience muscle tension, sleeplessness, anxiety, headaches, high blood pressure, fatigue, and other conditions.
Nearly 20 percent of midlife women in the U.S. have high blood pressure or hypertension, which increases the risk not only of heart attack and atherosclerosis, but also of ministrokes in the brain, resulting in dementia. Hypertension also increases your risk for kidney disease.