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Anxiety and BP
I was diagnosed with mild anxiety five months back. My symptoms include mild palpitations that last for twenty odd minutes. I had checked my BP once when I had these palpitations, it was ONE FIVE ZERO/NINE FIVE. When I checked it otherwise when I wasn't anxious, it was ONE THREE ZERO/EIGHT FIVE. Does anxiety cause long term BP issues? I am currently on clonozepam 0.5 mg and etizolam 0.5 mg for anxiety. I am considering pranayam and yoga too as a longer term solution.Should I consider visiting a doctor for my BP or is it normal during anxiety?
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Dr. Ramdas Ransing
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blood pressure often get raised during anxiety. However, consultation with local doctor will be helpful in your case.
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Dr. Sugandha Gupta
Psychiatrist 12 yrs exp Delhi
A rise in BP is an essential anxiety symptom. Howsoever your reading of 130/85 is within the normal range. Rather than consulting a physician, meet a psychiatrist for a thorough evaluation and proper diagnosis of your anxiety symptoms. You would require other medications like SSRI for proper management of anxiety as clonazepam or etizolam are only symptomatic treatment and do not treat the roots which are neurochemical disturbances. Also seek counseling for the same. Including yoga and meditation is a must not a choice. Do not delay but seek professional help at the earliest.
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