The temporary increased levels of your systolic and diastolic pressure can be followed with increased heart rate. In general, temporary high blood pressure is harmless because it can go away on its own. Even your body needs it to support your activities such as during exercise. All of these things are perfectly normal. But when it comes without known reason or due to poor diet, you should not ignore it.
Blood pressure is the force of blood that flows through blood vessels against the walls of blood vessels (particularly arteries).
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You might know clearly that your blood is the public transportation of your body to distribute oxygen and essential nutrients all around the body. Therefore, it’s important to make sure the blood flow in your body runs well.
To supply the nutrient and oxygen to the cells of the body, the heart needs to pump and distribute the blood rich in oxygen and nutrient through arteries all around the body. And then for blood poor in oxygen and nutrient, it will be pulled back into the heart through veins.
Generally, your blood pressure can increase when there is more blood (increased volume of blood) flows inside your arteries. And there are many things that can make this occur.
For in-depth information about types of your blood vessels and how your blood pressure rises, visit this section!
When it comes to the cause of hypertension, hypertension is commonly categorized into two major groups; primary (essential) hypertension and secondary hypertension.
But there is also condition called as malignant hypertension (it can come from essential or secondary hypertension). Malignant type is a condition of when the blood pressure rises rapidly and can reach at the dangerous level of hypertension (above 180/90 mm Hg). Typically, it requires medical intervention or even a medical emergency.
Primary hypertension is the most common type of hypertension. The cause of this type is closely associated with lifestyles factors (like poor diet and lack of exercise /physical activity).
On the other hand, a certain health problem (particularly such as kidneys disease) often plays a key role in causing secondary hypertension – though lifestyle factors also still have an effect!
Normally, the temporary raised blood pressure is needed when the body needs the fast distribution of oxygen and other essential nutrients.
For instance when you are doing an exercise, your body need more oxygen and nutrients supply to be absorbed by cells of the body.
After the physical activity of your exercise decreases, your systolic and diastolic pressure will return normal. Systolic pressure is the pressure inside your arteries when your heart beats /works, and diastolic pressure is the kind of the blood pressure when your heart at rest or between beats.
So, we get one of the answers of temporary raised blood pressure. Exercise can raise your systolic and diastolic pressures temporarily, and for this case – there should be nothing to worry because it is perfectly normal. What are other causes?
There are some kinds of medicines that can be potential to cause temporary raised blood pressure. Some of these medicines include:
- Cold medicines (especially those that contain pseudoephedrine). Typically, they are pretty safe for individuals without hypertension. But they may worse the systolic and diastolic pressures if prescribed for patients with hypertension.
- NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) such as some naproxen and ibuprofen. The use of these medicines in long term can be potential to cause kidneys damage.
- Prednisolone and prednisone – these medicines belong to the group of corticosteroids. Long term use of them will probably cause a health condition called Cushing syndrome.
There are certain types of birth control pills that can be potential to trigger a temporary increase in blood pressure.
However the effect of using a certain birth control pill also may vary from woman to woman. But if you in-doubt whether or not your pills have an effect, consult with your doctor for more detailed information!