Question: What is stress reactive hypertension? Is it dangerous for a competition athlete to suffer this type of illness? Gloria (Rio de Janeiro).
Answer: The blood pressure response during exercise is an increase in systolic pressure (maximum) and a reduction or maintenance of diastolic (minimum). In cases where there is an excessive increase in systolic (greater than 200 mmHg) or an increase in diastolic greater than 90 mmHg, the response of blood pressure to exercise is considered to be HYPERTENSIVE.