Why Did My Blood Pressure Shoot Up All Of A Sudden?


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Florent Lefortier Profile
There are several things that could be causing your blood pressure to spike.

Luckily, it should be quite easy for you to figure out what the problem is, but you should check with your doctor if you have any doubts.

Stress and Anxiety
Quite often, people are nervous when they visit the doctor - this, in itself, can be enough to cause their blood-pressure to rise.

Doctors usually know to look out for this, though, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

General stress - from marital problems to financial worries - can also cause a sudden spike in blood-pressure. It’s important to take time to relax and unwind, as your health could suffer if you don’t.

We’re only supposed to consume about 6g of salt per day, which is about the same as a teaspoonful.

Processed food tends to be full of salt, so try cutting it out and see if your blood-pressure improves. Even if it doesn’t, you’ll still be healthier!

Some medication, including hormone-based birth-control pills, can cause your blood pressure to rise.

If this is the problem, you might want to try switching to a different type of medication - your doctor should be able to advise you on this.

Smoking causes an instant rise in blood-pressure, so it makes sense that heavy smokers tend to have higher blood-pressure than non-smokers.

If you’re concerned, make an appointment with your doctor for advice on quitting.
j k Profile
j k answered
It depends on what you were doing when your blood-pressure rose.

Questions To Ask Yourself
  • Did you suddenly go from sitting/crouching/lying down to standing?
  • Were you eating something in particular?
  • Were you under a lot of stress?
  • Did you take medication or skip a meal?

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