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Stress raising your blood pressure? Take a deep breath

Naomi Fisher, M.D., Contributing Editor, Harvard Health Publications Stress is rampant, and high blood pressure (what doctors call hypertension) is on the rise. So itís no wonder patients often ask if stress is causing their hypertension. We have no proof that stress alone can cause persistently elevated blood pressure. (Part of the reason is that high-quality studies quantifying stress are difficult to conduct.) But stress can certainly raise blood pressure, sometimes impressively. And stress…

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