Dr. Jerry Back, a board certified internal medicine physician and nationally recognized speaker is a regular contributor. Dr. Back specializes in adult medical care with subspecialty training in high blood pressure, cholesterol management and diabetes.
HEALTH TIP #8
Hypertension and stress
Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. For most of us, it is blood pressure that is approaching 140/90 or higher. A normal blood pressure is about 120/70.
There is a large misconception that hypertension has something to do with being stressed or tense. There is not much truth in that. Yes, stressful situations bring up all of our blood pressures but chronic elevation of blood pressure has less to do with the stress in our lives and more to do with our diet, our exercise habits, genetics and our weight. Go for a walk, and whatever you do, pass on the French fries.