Stress and anxiety cause the body to release hormones. They raise the heart rate and blood pressure. The effect is temporary. Doctors aren’t sure if constant stress leads to lasting high blood pressure. Constant high blood pressure is called hypertension.

Some studies suggest people with stress all the time are more likely to have lasting high blood pressure. People who are stressed are more likely to drink more alcohol, smoke more tobacco, and overeat. These unhealthy behaviors can lead to high blood pressure over time.