Many people want to know if a stomach virus can actually raise blood pressure.

Blood pressure is the force with which blood presses against the inner walls of vessels.

A virus is a microscopic organism that can cause anything from a minor nuisance in the body to a life-threatening situation.

But is there a connection between a viral infection of the stomach and an increase in blood pressure?

“There is no evidence that a stomach virus can raise blood pressure,” says William Manger, MD, PhD, founder of the National Hypertension Association, professor emeritus at the New York School of Medicine, and author of the book, “Live Longer, Live Better: Avoid the Risks.”

Dr. Manger adds, “However, if a stomach virus causes significant abdominal pain, an elevation in blood pressure may result from the pain and discomfort.”

Thus, there is no direct path through which a stomach virus spikes blood pressure. Of course, physical (and mental) pain or stress can elevate one’s blood pressure – regardless of the cause of that pain.

Dr. Manger, who began practicing medicine in 1949, has conducted research on the mechanism of salt-induced hypertension, and has published research in peer-reviewed journals.