STRESS AND “PRE-HYPERTENSION”

As you may know, white-coat hypertension is the temporary rise in blood pressure caused by the anxiety of being in a medical setting and interacting with a health professional. The fear and anxiety aroused in this situation stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, which prompts a transient increase in blood pressure. While white-coat hypertension should not be confused with true hypertension, some experts warn that this phenomenon may represent an early stage in the development of true hypertension. Dr. M. A. Weber of the University of California claims that people who experience white-coat hypertension have virtually all of the metabolic and cardiovascular characteristics of hypertension. In comparing these individuals with patients who have been diagnosed as hypertensive, Dr. Weber notes similarities such as heightened norepinephrine and renin activity. He contends that people who are susceptible to white-coat hypertension are more likely to experience anxiety in other situations and are prone to the kind of chronic stress that leads to hypertension.
Among the most significant contributors to psychological stress is our fast-paced lifestyle. If you’re working long hours, eating erratically, and feeling frustrated by heavy traffic and nonstop telephone calls, watch out! This is the land of daily stress that contributes to the development of hypertension or exacerbates the condition if you already have it. Ineffective methods of “coping” with prolonged stress – drinking, smoking, overeating, and other unhealthy habits-may also induce or exacerbate hypertension.
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STRESS AND “PRE-HYPERTENSION”As you may know, white-coat hypertension is the temporary rise in blood pressure caused by the anxiety of being in a medical setting and interacting with a health professional. The fear and anxiety aroused in this situation stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, which prompts a transient increase in blood pressure. While white-coat hypertension should not be confused with true hypertension, some experts warn that this phenomenon may represent an early stage in the development of true hypertension. Dr. M. A. Weber of the University of California claims that people who experience white-coat hypertension have virtually all of the metabolic and cardiovascular characteristics of hypertension. In comparing these individuals with patients who have been diagnosed as hypertensive, Dr. Weber notes similarities such as heightened norepinephrine and renin activity. He contends that people who are susceptible to white-coat hypertension are more likely to experience anxiety in other situations and are prone to the kind of chronic stress that leads to hypertension.Among the most significant contributors to psychological stress is our fast-paced lifestyle. If you’re working long hours, eating erratically, and feeling frustrated by heavy traffic and nonstop telephone calls, watch out! This is the land of daily stress that contributes to the development of hypertension or exacerbates the condition if you already have it. Ineffective methods of “coping” with prolonged stress – drinking, smoking, overeating, and other unhealthy habits-may also induce or exacerbate hypertension.*109/313/5*

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