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ask: Does coffee affect your blood pressure?

By Carrie Margaret Allen
 
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I have had blood pressure tests at various times. I am lucky that my blood pressure is generally good. However, sometimes if I have a coffee, my blood pressure spikes, yet at other times, it makes almost no difference. Is there a link between coffee/caffeine and blood pressure? Are certain types of coffee more likely to increase your BP or is it strictly related to the amount of caffeine in the drink?

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Hi Carrie, 

Welcome to EmpowHER. It's unclear what can cause the spike in blood pressure. But it's believed caffeine can blocks a hormone that helps keep your arteries widened. Caffeine does not have a long effect on the blood pressure. Things you can do, try decreasing the amount of caffeine a day. If you do plan on cutting back, do so gradually to avoid headaches symptoms. Hope this helps?

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Daisy

June 30, 2014 - 3:13am
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