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High Blood Pressure Can Impair Your Reaction To Stress/Anger

Posted Jul 11 2009 12:00am

A new study has found that when people become angry or have mental stress there is increased blood flow to the brain in healthy individuals. In those that have high blood pressure, however, this increased blood flow was not seen. This situation can put people at greater cardiovascular risk. When the body is under stress there is a dilation of the arteries of the neck and blood rushes to the brain. Experts suggest the lack of dilation in stable coronary heart disease creates an increased risk for coronary artery disease. It is thought that the increased blood flow to the brain helps with cognition and cerebral function as the body is under stress. More studies will be done.

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