Stress and Hypertension

Hypertension basically means the exertion of greater pressure of the blood in the circulatory system. It is one of the medical conditions in which the blood pressure is chronically elevated. Continuous hypertension is one of the main causes for different diseases linked to heart like Strokes, Heart attacks.


Overall studies show that stress is not the direct cause for hypertension but has an effect on its development. Stress is one of the main reasons for the chronically elevating blood pressure which in turn causes hypertension. Stress also produces large amounts of vasoconstriction hormones that increase blood pressure. Job strain, race, social environment and emotional stress are the leading causes for hypertension. A lot of non-medical treatments have been found to be effective in reducing blood pressure levels. These include meditation, music therapy, and acupressure, in most of the cases the cause of hypertension is unknown and is termed ?essential hypertension. A single reason cannot be associated with the blood pressure elevation. A lot of factors contribute to the elevation of the blood pressure levels in essential hypertension. Stress has become a prevalent part of people?s lives therefore the effect of stress of elevating blood pressure has become of increasing importance. Now day-to-day pressures of virtually endless working hours have contributed to the cause of elevating blood pressure because the endless working hours means a lot of physical and mental stress to the person. He/she might then resort to poor habits like smoking.


Lifestyle modification such as regular exercise, Discontinuing smoking and medication such as captopril, enalapril, fosinopril help in the cause of reducing hypertension.