Does Stress Can Trigger Hypertension?
I do not have hypertension and my diet is good. I am diligent in eating fruit, but I have a lot of thoughts, can I get hypertension?
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When experiencing stress due to many thoughts, our bodies normally produce various hormones that can increase blood pressure by increasing the heart rate and narrowing the diameter of the blood vessels. However, if there are no other triggers, this increase in blood pressure should only be temporary and will return to normal once the stress is removed.
Hypertension itself is defined as an increase in blood pressure that reaches 140/90 mmHg or more. This measurement is done at least in 3 times of examination in different situations, namely at rest and after activities. Therefore, what is meant by hypertension here is an increase in blood pressure in the long run, not temporarily as triggered by stress alone.
Although there is no clinical evidence that shows that stress alone can cause an increase in blood pressure in the long term, many studies have shown that high levels of stress can make a person tend to engage in behaviors that increase their risk of developing hypertension, for example smoking, consuming alcohol, lazy to exercise, and so on . That way, indirectly, your risk of developing hypertension will increase.
Besides stress, various other factors that can also increase your risk of developing hypertension are:
Family history of hypertension
Are overweight or obese
Not physically active, too much sitting and lazy to exercise
Unhealthy diet, which is consuming too much sodium (salt) and consuming too little potassium
Have certain chronic diseases, such as kidney disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, and so on
To detect whether you have hypertension, you need to carry out regular health checks to the doctor. The doctor will measure blood pressure using a special tool that has been standardized.
Prevention is certainly better than cure. Therefore, before you have hypertension, in addition to adopting a healthy lifestyle, namely by eating a good diet, actively exercising, maintaining body weight, not smoking and consuming alcohol, ideally you should manage your stress wisely.
Hope this helps ..
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah