Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Stressed out? Breathe, It Helps Body and Mind

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Stressed out? Breathe, It Helps Body and Mind

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Dear Doctor K: Could stress be causing my high blood pressure?

Dear Reader: You bet it could. It surely contributed to my high blood pressure. Most of us experience a lot of stress. I'm not sure today's world is more stressful than the world of our parents or grandparents. We may have different stressors than they did, but life has always been full of stress.

High blood pressure (hypertension) is on the rise. Like you, my patients often wonder if one (stress) is causing the other (hypertension). It turns out that stress can raise blood pressure, sometimes impressively.

The fortunate flip side is that reducing stress can lower blood pressure, and also tends to improve overall well-being. Deep, slow breathing is the oldest and best-known technique to decrease stress. …

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