Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a condition in which the force of blood against the artery walls is too high. Hypertension can strain the heart, damage blood vessels, and increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney problems, and even death. Known as the “silent killer”, the most dangerous part about hypertension is that there are often no symptoms, making it more important to regularly get your blood pressure checked by a doctor. Previous research has shown that people with anxiety and/or depression are a particularly vulnerable population when it comes to susceptibility of hypertension, yet not a lot of research has been conducted on the relationship between the two.
A 2015 study conducted by researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health analyzed four years of previous healthcare information for 4,362 patients at a primary care center for hypertension, anxiety, and depression. The study’s results indicated that individuals with anxiety and/or depression demonstrated more primary care and specialty visits, potentially aiding them in controlling their hypertension before it worsened. Factors that also contributed to faster treatment for hypertension involved having no history of tobacco use, female gender, low scores on the ACG assessment (explores morbidity factors based on a person’s age, gender, patterns of disease, etc.), and more.
While anxiety and depression may not cause long-term hypertension initially, experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression every day can lead to spikes in your blood pressure that can eventually cause damage to your blood vessels. Stress can also significantly affect hypertension. What can you do at home to help manage this and protect your health to the best of your abilities?
- Make sure you get some good relaxation in 15-20 minutes each day
- Accept the things you can’t control in life
- Don’t push yourself too hard
- Take care of your health by getting plenty of exercise and eating healthily
Be sure to visit your doctor regularly to get your blood pressure checked. If you’re struggling with the symptoms of anxiety and depression, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.
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