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Can my job cause high blood pressure?

Ask the doctors Q. I have a very stressful job, and recently my blood pressure readings started going up. Could my job stress be the reason why? A. Yes, chronic stress can affect blood pressure. Several hormones affect your heartís rhythm, including epinephrine and norepinephrine. When these hormone levels rise, your heart starts to work harder. Stress hormones can also constrict your blood vessels, causing temporary blood pressure spikes. …

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