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Ask Tufts Experts September 2010 Issue

Q: My neurologist told me that blood pressure has no relation whatsoever to everyday stress. Yet, the last time I had it taken, I was under lots of stress and it was sky high. After sitting calmly for about 30 minutes, it was taken again and was in normal limits. Is my doctor right, or should I believe my experience shows there is a relationship?

Answer : In fact, one of the most common types of stress that can boost blood-pressure readings comes from sitting in the doctor’s office...

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