Anxiety is considered one of the defining mental disorders of the 21st century. The sudden change in lifestyle during the industrial revolution in the 20th century is now taking its toll on the current generation. Stress, sleeplessness, self-doubt, compulsive behavior, muscle tension, chronic indigestion, self-consciousness, panic, flashbacks, perfectionism, stage fright, etc. are all signs of suffering from anxiety.
Of course, these symptoms may be present in your life from time to time. This doesn’t necessary mean that you’re suffering from anxiety. But if it’s a permanent state of stress that you live in then anxiety may be the reason behind it.
There is a staggering number of drugs that symptomatically treat these problems, but anyone who’s ever tried them knows the side effects. Drowsiness and sleepiness are not traits you’d necessarily want to get when curing the above-mentioned conditions.
Other ways of treatment, like holistic methods of getting rid of anxiety and panic attacks are much safer for your health. PanicMiracle, one of the best holistic systems for treating panic attacks and anxiety issues out there, promotes a drug-free treatment that won’t cause any kind side effects whatsoever.
This is especially important for those of us who have physical conditions like high blood pressure tied to our anxiety. But is this high blood pressure really caused by anxiety, or is it just a plausible coincidence? What does anxiety really do to your blood vessels and how can you be sure to get the best possible treatment for either one of those conditions? So, can anxiety cause high blood pressure?
What is high blood pressure?
Before we go any further, let’s take a look at the physical problem I want to discuss first. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a medical condition in which the pressure of the blood traveling through our arteries constantly rises. The blood in our blood vessels is circulating at a particular speed in order to get to all parts of the body. However, if the brain or the heart get distorted data of what this speed has to be, we’re suffering either from high blood pressure or low blood pressure respectively.
High blood pressure may cause the bigger risks of stroke, kidney disease, artery disease, heart disease and more.
What are the usual causes for high blood pressure?
In our modern culture, high blood pressure usually comes with age. This has to do with external factors such as the lack of exercise, excess carbohydrate and processed vegetable fat intake in your diet, obesity, depression and especially stress. Another big part in suffering from high blood pressure are genetics; some of us are just more affected by the causes of high blood pressure than others. However, this genetic connection to high blood pressure is still not understood to the fullest and waits for deeper research.
What does anxiety do to the body?
I mentioned distortions in data the brain and heart may get and how that’s what causes high blood pressure. In some cases, this distortion of information that is used in communication between vital organs in our body may well be caused by anxiety, as well as by other mental disorders.
There are many physical signs of anxiety that support the notion that this mental disorder may cause high blood pressure. Some of the more prominent signs of anxiety are feeling overheated or cold, rapid heartbeat (palpitations), excessive perspiration, chest pain, rapid breathing, numbness in the hands, trembling, weakness, dizziness and so on.
As you can see, I didn’t mention high blood pressure in any of the signs of anxiety in the list above. That’s because anxiety is not directly linked to high blood pressure, rather than to the physical conditions that can lead to high blood pressure. However, in some cases anxiety can be directly linked to high blood pressure, although that’s not usually the case.
How can anxiety cause high blood pressure?
As said earlier, anxiety is in most cases the deep-rooted cause of high blood pressure, but not its true executor. The symptoms that are caused by anxiety are responsible for high blood pressure. Rapid heart beat inevitably rises blood pressure. However, there are other, a bit more surprising reasons as well: for example, if you are under severe stress or have anxiety, you will become deficient in important minerals, like magnesium. Lack of magnesium is behind numerous physical and mental symptoms.
However, anxiety can be the true enemy when fighting high blood pressure once we understand how it causes the blood in our veins to accelerate to unhealthy speeds. Anxiety, when linked directly to high blood pressure, is usually an episodic phenomenon.
Anxiety can cause temporary spikes in our blood pressure, but is not usually tied to long-term and chronic high blood pressure. However, if these episodes of anxiety recur in a repeated daily or weekly fashion, there is a risk of damaging your blood vessels as well as your heart and kidneys. So, if you start to experience anxiety attacks over and over again, it would be advised to seek help as soon as possible. Not only because having anxiety attacks is very unpleasant, but because of the physical reasons as well.
How do you treat anxiety?
There are many ways of dealing with panic attacks and anxiety. Some of them involve drugs that may treat the symptoms of the anxiety but do not really anything to get to the root of the problem. This is again very prominent in our modern society: treating symptoms with expensive medication without caring about the root cause.
I mentioned before that symptoms like feeling overheated or cold, rapid heartbeat (palpitations), excessive perspiration, chest pain, rapid breathing, numbness in the hands, trembling, weakness, dizziness etc. are able to cause high blood pressure. One might assume then that treating these symptoms is exactly what needs to be done.
This is where drugs come in handy as they do exactly that. They get rid of the symptoms and let you think you’re cured. However, they’re denying the underlying cause for those symptoms – anxiety itself.
Unfortunately, there is no drug out there that is able to treat the root cause of anxiety, but there are still some very efficient ways of fighting the ‘true enemy’ here. I mentioned the PanicMiracle program that uses a holistic approach to treating anxiety. That is something worth considering if you’re looking to get rid of your anxiety completely.
Whatever you decide to do, be aware of what you’re fighting. Once you recognize anxiety, and not its symptoms as the true enemy, also accepting the fact that you are suffering from anxiety, you’re on the path of recovery. Speak with your doctor about the high blood pressure or anything that concerns you, and find the best way to treat your anxiety.