Skip to content


Home Blood Pressure Monitors: Tracking Made Easier

Pressures not falling in the less than 120/80 range? See our High Blood Pressure Health Center for information about symptoms and treatment.

Hypertension and severe constipation
Cindy0205 posted:
I know this is weird, but I have been having bowel issues the last week and hadn't gone to the bathroom at all for 5-6 days. My blood pressure started escalating daily from 128/80 until yesterday was 154/92. I got scared and called doctor and ordered hypertension meds. I took Colase and kind of had a bowel movement. Checked my blood pressure at the drug store when picking up my meds and it was 130/84. Can constipation cause pressure on an artery or veins to cause high blood pressure? Or was it coincidence. We bought a home blood pressure cuff and did it again awhile later and it was 136/92.
Amelia_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Cindy0205,

I am sorry for your worries and hope that you are not in pain. Have you had high blood pressure in the past? Are you on any medication at the moment?

High blood pressure should not be caused by constipation, but can be caused by stress and many other factors. If you are stressed about this inability to have a bowel movement, then you may run a higher blood pressure reading. If your blood pressure continues to remain high over a number of days, you should call your doctor and schedule an appointment.

Here is a link to help you see some of the possible causes for high blood pressure. Maybe you will be able to find what could be the reason for this change.


I wish you the best and hope that you keep us posted!
Best Wishes! Amelia

Helpful Tips

Salt or Sugar: What’s the Bigger Blood Pressure Threat?
Your pantry can be seen as a kind of medicine cabinet in your kitchen. Every ingredient contained behind its doors is a contributing factor ... More
Was this Helpful?
1 of 1 found this helpful