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What can make my blood pressure rise?

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There are certain factors that can cause blood pressure to temporarily rise. For example, blood pressure normally rises as a result of:

Try to avoid as many of these as you can when taking your blood pressure. Also, try to measure your blood pressure at about the same time each day. Your doctor may want you to check your blood pressure several times during the day to see if it fluctuates.

  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Cold temperatures
  • Exercise
  • Caffeine
  • Certain medicines

SOURCES: Mayo Clinic. University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY.

Reviewed by William Blahd on May 10, 2017

SOURCES: Mayo Clinic. University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY.

Reviewed by William Blahd on May 10, 2017

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