Anger and stress are two emotions closely tied to high blood pressure. However, a new research study published in this week’s issue of European Psychiatry found that older adults with high blood pressure are more likely to suffer from low moods than similar adults with normal blood pressure.
In the study, a Turkish research team evaluated the emotions and blood pressure levels in a group of 418 adults. As expected, they found that anxiety and anger closely correlated to sky-high blood pressure readings. But what surprised the researchers was that depression – chronic feelings of low mood – was also found to be connected to hypertension.
The researchers hypothesize that suppressing anger may manifest in both high blood pressure and depression. They recommend that people with high blood pressure find ways to release their anger.
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