Is Stress Making Your Hypertension Worse?

Nearly half of all Americans have hypertension, which can have serious effects on your health. When your blood pressure is high, it puts pressure on the arteries and veins that carry blood from and to your heart. It can ultimately damage your heart if you don’t get it under control.

At Florida Compassionate Care Centers in Ormond Beach, Florida, Gail van Diepen, DO, and our team understand the seriousness of hypertension, also known as the silent killer. 

We can give you guidance on how to lower your blood pressure and treat your condition using medical marijuana.

You can have hypertension for various reasons, but let’s look at how stress can play a role.

Stress and hypertension

When you feel stress, you experience a surge of hormones that can cause your heart to beat fast and your blood vessels to narrow, so your blood pressure spikes. This response can lead to a heart attack or stroke. 

It may not cause long-term hypertension, but any time your blood pressure goes up, your health could be in danger.

The importance of letting go of stress

Stress has a direct impact on your health. When you learn how to manage it, you can lower your blood pressure and have a good prognosis for living a very healthy life. That’s why you need to learn how to handle stress and ultimately avoid it altogether.

Ways to reduce stress

You can keep stress out of your life by practicing our healthy lifestyle suggestions and committing to them. We recommend that you:

You can also be proactive about getting plenty of rest, taking deep breaths and releasing your air slowly, and acknowledging feelings rather than holding them in.

Take a step back and give yourself permission to enjoy your life. Invest time in hobbies that you like and people who matter to you. Sometimes you need to say no to others to leave room for what you want to do. Self-care can help you let go of stress and improve your health.

In addition to reducing your stress, we can also treat your hypertension with medical marijuana. As medicine, it can reduce inflammation in your blood vessels and stabilize your blood pressure.

Contact us by calling 386-872-3800 or book your appointment online. We can help you get your hypertension under control with guidance and medical marijuana, if needed. Feel free to send us a message if you have any questions or concerns.

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