Phone calls may cause high blood pressure

17 May 2013

New research has indicated that talking on your mobile can cause high blood pressure for the duration of the call. Experts believe the spike is a result of stressful conversations and intense emotional reactions. Individuals who receive fewer than 30 calls a day are prone to the negative effects. Additionally, young people seem to have developed an immunity to blood pressure spikes caused by phone calls.

The study examined 94 people with hypertension (high blood pressure), whose average age was 53. Researchers analysed their biological reactions to phone calls by measuring their blood pressure whenever they answered their mobile. Findings showed that subjects on the phone had an average blood pressure of 129/82, compared to their normal resting rate of 121/77.

These fluctuations in blood pressure can pose a risk for cardiac health. Approximately 25 per cent of people in the UK have high blood pressure. On average, about 350 heart attacks or strokes occur per day.

Self-pay blood pressure tests can be administered to assess your resting rate and determine your risk for heart conditions.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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