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Editor's Correspondence
May 12, 2003

Analgesics and Hypertension: Causality or Correlation?

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Copyright 2003 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2003

Arch Intern Med. 2003;163(9):1114. doi:10.1001/archinte.163.9.1114-a

Stress can cause headaches, and stress can cause hypertension. Nursing is a stressful profession, and so it would not be surprising to find that nurses experience both headaches and hypertension. The nurses who, because of stress, have high blood pressure are likely to be the ones who, because of stress-caused headaches, are using analgesics. That could account for a part of the correlation between analgesic use and hypertension, as reported by Curhan et al.1