Headache Disorders: Does Pain Affect Blood Pressure?

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The perspective that pain corresponds to elevated blood pressure is overly simplistic. Our objective is to investigate and debunk misconceptions regarding the effect of pain on blood pressure. RECENT FINDINGS: While pain can increase blood pressure in the acute setting, prolonged pain and migraine's effect on blood pressure varies and can result in lower-than-expected blood pressure. Therefore, attributing pain as a sole source of elevation of blood pressure may lead to delays in diagnosing hypertension. Based on limited studies available, comorbid pain and chronic hypertension have a higher concurrence than in the general population. We will review current literature to investigate the effect of pain on blood pressure and prevalence of hypertension in chronic pain sufferers. A better understanding of pain's effect on blood pressure will help practitioners appropriately diagnose and counsel patients without disproportionately attributing high blood pressure to pain.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sengupta, S; Collins, T

Published Date

  • November 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 821 - 826

PubMed ID

  • 36251159

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1534-3081

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11916-022-01083-1


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States