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Hihave been suffering with labile hypertention for about 4 years now. I pretty much diagnosed myself by reading books and web searching. My question is can a severe panic attack really raise a healthy 24 year olds blood pressure to 220/120. I went to er and test were fine ekg blood urine etc... I have been diagnosed with general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, arogaphobia.. I have 3 daughters and this fear of blood pressure is taking over my life. I cant even go shopping with out having a panic attack and worrying about having a panic attack. I dont drive on freeways , and stay around my house to feel safe. I monitor my blood pressure at home finding when relaxed 130 over 80, anxous 150 over 95, panic 185 over 120. Heart rate during panic 210 normal when relaxed. I wake up anxious and am constanly lightheaded and off bal.My wife and I are extremely stressed from bills and hardly any money for food. I hope to get over this fear and get back to norm. thanks in advance....

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replied April 13th, 2011
Anxiety and Stress Answer A21891

Unless you can find another cause for the high blood pressure, you might have to blame it on the panic attack. Ideally, you examining physician is in the best position to tell if this much rise in blood pressure can be due to panic attacks you get.

The investigations done in the ER may not give you a complete picture. It would be a good idea to consult a physician regarding this. You will be rule out any cardiac condition that might be getting exaggerated with the panic, although, the chances of that appear low.

Hope this helps.

Abhijeet Deshmukh, MD

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