Can Anxiety raise your blood pressure? Can Walking up a hill raise It?

United States
March 16, 2009 10:05am CST
I just got done walking up a hill and I was anxious at the same time and my blood pressure was checked and it was real high. My blood pressure ready are usually great and on the low side. This worried me can being nervous and walking raise your blood pressure and is it normal?
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12 responses
16 Mar 09
Yes, walking and being nervous will raise your blood pressure. You should only really have your blood pressure taken when you have been sitting down for at least ten minutes. Anxiety can cause an increase in blood pressure. In fact, the term 'white coat syndrome' refers to people who are very anxious when a doctor takes their blood pressure and this anxiety puts the blood pressure up. If this is the case for you a home blood pressure monitor used by yourself when you are feeling relaxed would be a good idea.
• United States
16 Mar 09
Ok that makes me feel better. I was really nervous at the doctors yesterday. So I guess thats why it went up so high. I later took it at home and it was back to being perfect. So I guess its not an issue.
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@thezone (9452)
• Ireland
16 Mar 09
Yes what whitedog says is correct
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• United States
16 Mar 09
Sounds good to me thanks!
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• United States
17 Mar 09
yes it can stress drastically effects blood pressure the best way to lower blood pressure is to do some relaxation exercises and keep your stress to a minimum also anything that gets your heart pumping faster will raise your blood pressure
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@Shar19 (8237)
• United States
17 Mar 09
If you're anxious to begin with then walking up a hill can raise your blood pressure. When you're anxious walk slowly and take your time.
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@ElicBxn (59009)
• United States
17 Mar 09
it is perfectly normal and actually healthy to have a raise in blood pressure when doing physical activities, it is also normal to have it when worried (that's the old fight or flight instinct kicking in.) if it STAYS up, that is bad
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@derek_a (10905)
17 Mar 09
From what I've learned, they don't exactly know why blood-pressure rises. A person who is prone to having a high B.P can raise it by stressful situations, but get it back to normal with regular exercise. I had a heart attack in 2006, but my blood pressure and heart rate has always been low and still is. My attack we because of blood clots, that I had inherited through my family history. They found it difficult to diagnose the heart attack because my blood pressure and heart rate were low. It was only an ECG that told them I was having a heart attack. I was also meditating throughout my discomfort, and the doctors reckoned I had saved my own life by this as the clot was lodged in my heart for around 6 hours. So yes, I would say that staying calm, practising some form of meditation will help greatly with blood pressure problems, but it would take some time and the practice would have to be regular.. - Derek
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@venchaul (493)
• China
17 Mar 09
When I am angry,my blood pressure will be raised;but when i am anxious, i will forget to think about if it is high or low. I think if you raise your blood pressure when walking up a hill, it is time to strengthen exercise. Good day!
@dlr297 (4510)
• United States
17 Mar 09
Anxiety can make your blood pressure go up. You have to learn not to let things get to you. I do not believe that walking will raise your blood pressure it is good exercise, and you should do it all the time. I live in the mountains and walk up and down hills all the time, and it does not make my blood pressure go up.
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@teka44 (3425)
• Brazil
16 Mar 09
Hi money. Yes, whitedog is right. It is why the more you become anxious for your health the more your health is in danger. Keep cool with the things and you will feel better and it will be better for your health. We can't avoid the problems of life ofcourse further more in those days with this crisis that frighten everyone, but think that tomorrow will be another day and all will be better. Think that if you become nervous it may damage your health and you can't take advantage from tomorrow. Nothing in this world worth more than our selves and our loved ones. Take care friend.
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• Malaysia
11 Jan 12
Dear Money Before we talk about high bp let's look what is actually is high BP. It the difficult of the blood to force them throughout the whole body. The reasons is that our veins and arteries are being blocked by fats deposits inside the walls of this organ. Apart from walking now your duty is to reduce the fats deposited inside the veins and arteries. Being excited and aroused by many external circumstance do raise the level of your BP. Does that help? Please continue this thread if you need more info. OK? Thanks. Love: Bro. Joe
3 Dec 11
I have a similiar problem. Not just walking, by climbing stairs makes me feel starange sensations, red eyes and pale skin. I was diagnosed with Panic attacks. however I'm not convinced as to why a panic attack would (mostly in form of elevated blood pressure) occur after exertion mostly in winter. My ECG, Blood Sugar, Blood CP, Kidney tests are all normal and doctors find nothing unusual with it.
@besthope44 (12149)
• India
6 Oct 10
Well true, anxiety causes attacks and most health problems, its highly dangerous and hence we should learn to manage anxiety.
@winterose (39916)
• Canada
18 Mar 09
yes of course it can when ever you exert your heart walking up hill your blood pressure raises but goes down again, and stress and anxiety will give you high blood pressure.