Unusual Ways Your Blood Pressure Can Be Raised


When you are stressed, the production of hormones cortisol and adrenaline or epinephrine increases in the body. High levels of cortisol in the body can lead to the formation of plaque in the arteries, making them clog. On the other hand, high levels of epinephrine can get your heart rate up. Narrow arteries and increased heart rate means your heart will work overtime to pump blood. As a result, your blood pressure levels can raise.

Certain Medications

Allergy and cold medications contain decongestants that might increase your heart rate, leading to high blood pressure. Decongestants can also make various blood pressure medications less effective. This can cause a spike in your blood pressure.

Ieva Kubiliute

Ieva Kubiliute is a psychologist and a sex and relationships advisor and a freelance writer. She's also a consultant to several health and wellness brands. While Ieva specialises in covering wellness topics ranging from fitness and nutrition, to mental wellbeing, sex and relationships and health conditions, she has written across a diverse range of lifestyle topics, including beauty and travel. Career highlights so far include: luxury spa-hopping in Spain and joining an £18k-a-year London gym. Someone’s got to do it! When she’s not typing away at her desk—or interviewing experts and case studies, Ieva winds down with yoga, a good movie and great skincare (affordable of course, there’s little she doesn’t know about budget beauty). Things that bring her endless joy: digital detoxes, oat milk lattes and long country walks (and sometimes jogs).

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