Now, the question is whether or not anxiety can cause someone to become hypertensive in the future.
First, let’s look into what we’ve already covered. Frequent anxiety can make someone engage in unhealthy habits, like overeating, smoking, and drinking alcohol. Note that having these habits for a long time may increase your risk of cardiovascular diseases, which include hypertension.
Secondly, some reports indicate that anxiety and high blood pressure are closely related in the sense that the first increases the risk of developing the latter. However, the researchers agree that these findings may be compounded by other factors².
Another report also suggests that young adults are at a higher risk of incident hypertension after an anxiety diagnosis³. Incident hypertension is the first occurrence at any follow-up check-up of high blood pressure, particularly a systolic pressure of at least 140 mmHg and bottom number of 90 mmHg and above⁴.
Still, we have to mention that other studies do not see a link between anxiety and high blood pressure. Case in point: one study involving more than 17,000 participants and a 22-year follow-up said their findings do not support that emotional stress is a cause of hypertension. In fact, in their findings, anxiety, and depression were associated with hypotension⁵.