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Can Acid Reflux Cause High Blood Pressure?

Can Acid Reflux Cause High Blood Pressure?

ANSWER:

Acid reflux is a common ailment that has some links to high blood pressure but does not cause it. 

More Info: Acid reflux is a condition in which acids from the stomach back up into the esophagus, causing the feeling of a burning throat and sometimes coughing.  High blood pressure is caused when the pressure in your blood vessels are higher than normal.

How Is Acid Reflux and High Blood Pressure Linked?

Typically, obese people can experience both conditions. This is because both can be linked to your weight.  If you are overweight, it can increase the pressure of your blood vessels as well as the pressure in your stomach, resulting in both conditions. Both are also linked to diet. If you experience acid reflux, you are consuming foods your body does not agree with (in a nutshell).  Foods containing sugar, fat and spices can cause you acid reflux.  Most cases of high blood pressure can be fixed by being at a normal weight, and in some cases, consuming a low-sodium diet.

What if I am not Overweight?

If you are not obese, there are other causes for acid reflux and high blood pressure that are not related to each other. High blood pressure, while generally a common symptom of obesity, also has genetic factors that include family history of hypertension or race.  On the other hand, acid reflux can be caused by abnormal biological factors, such as an impaired muscle in the stomach.

 

Resources

“Gastroesophageal reflux disease – PubMed Health.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2012.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001311/

“Hypertension: Does losing weight reduce high blood pressure? – PubMed Health.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2012.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0005068/

 

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