Stress and High Blood Pressure
Stress and high blood pressure are historically thought to go hand in hand. If a man
or woman has a very high powered stressful job, it would not surprise people to learn he or she also had high
blood pressure as it is often expected and connected.
However, there is no definitive evidence to prove that stress in isolation is the
cause of high blood pressure.
Regrettably, suffering from a combination of stress and high blood pressure may lead
to a cardiac problem and possible stroke which can then result in long term medical problems. It's important
that this problem is avoided, so how can busy executives get on with their job whilst also protecting their
To put the causes of stress into perspective it is important to recognise that you
may feel that you are indispensable in most situations other people can manage without you. If you have
purposely created a work environment where you are absolutely indispensable, you've made a rod for your own
back because the stress of being indispensable to everyone is going to gradually drive your blood pressure
sky high, and when you're dead, you're of no use to anyone.
We hope this has made you sit up and think about what your job is doing to your
health even though it sounds very harsh..
Signs and symptoms of stress and high blood pressure may
v Feelings of
v Blinding headaches
v Frequency in passing
Problems associated with stress and high blood pressure together
generally develop gradually over a period of time. By the very nature of their job, the busy person becomes
overweight because they either don't eat properly or don't take enough exercise or both.
This behaviour combined with the stress of their job leads to increased blood
pressure which in turn makes the organs of the body work much harder than they should do. Consequently these
vital body organs such as the heart and kidneys become so overworked they eventually start to
So how can you reduce your blood pressure when you work in a high powered job which
causes you lots of stress?
Well to begin with you must stand back and take a good hard look at yourself and
your behaviour. You also need to evaluate what it is exactly that you think is most important in your life,
and start to make the necessary life changes.
v For a start, delegate some of that work
and learn to relax in a work environment, let someone else take some of the responsibility, work smarter.
v Lose some weight if
v Start getting some regular
v Watch and reduce your salt
Making small changes to all parts of your daily routine will not only improve your
health, lower your blood pressure, but also your general outlook on life and improve your
This can only be a good thing for your high blood pressure.
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Research material about Stress - High Blood Pressure provided by K. Standerline,
State Registered Nurse. UK
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