Labile hypertension is blood pressure that fluctuates abruptly and repeatedly, often causing symptoms such as headache or ringing in the ears. People with labile hypertension often react to emotional stress with an increase in blood pressure. Frequently, traditional blood-pressure medicines have little effect. Some people with labile hypertension require anti-anxiety medications in order to gain control of their blood pressure.
People who are habitually affected by stress ó whether from losing a job, feeling pressure at work or simply getting stuck in traffic ó may develop high blood pressure that could inflict some of the same damage as full-time hypertension.