The reasons for the BP increases seen during the COVID-19 pandemic are unknown but are likely due to a number of factors including lifestyle changes, reduced physical activity, increased alcohol consumption, stress, and delayed medical care.3
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- Lewington S, Clarke R, Qizilbash N, et al. Prospective Studies Collaboration. Age-specific relevance of usual blood pressure to vascular mortality: a meta-analysis of individual data for one million adults in 61 prospective studies. Lancet. 2002;360(9349):1903-1913. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(02)11911-8.
- Czeisler MÉ, Marynak K, Clarke KE, et al. Delay or avoidance of medical care because of COVID-19-related concerns – United States, June 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2020;69:1250–1257. doi:10.15585/ mmwr.mm6936a4.