Doctor discusses rise in blood pressure during pandemic

Dec 7, 2021, 4:55 PM | Updated: Dec 8, 2021, 2:31 pm
blood pressure pandemic...
FILE: A doctor speaks to a patient as a sphygmomanometer, or blood pressure meter, lies on his desk (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
(Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — A recent study shows blood pressure spiked during the pandemic, and women saw the biggest increases.

Dr. Marion Bishop, an ER doctor who works in Logan, joined Utah’s Noon News with Maria Shilaos to discuss what this means for women.

Why do these findings impact women more than men? 

A study conducted by the Cleveland Clinic analyzed the data of 450,000 people from an annual employer-sponsored wellness program.

It found increases in blood pressure every month between April 2020 and December 2020, then compared it to the same year prior. The increases ranged from 1.10 to 2.50 mm Hg for systolic blood pressure, and 0.14 to 0.53 mm Hg for diastolic blood pressure.

“It’s not a surprise to any women that the pandemic has been more stressful with the workload,” Bishop said. “The things required of women have been higher than they have been for men.” 

New study sheds light on the negative impact of pandemic on mental health in Utah

Health officials says childhood vaccinations down since start of pandemic

More than 500k Utahns qualify for ‘zero-dollar,’ lower premium health care plans

Another possible reason could be it’s harder for women to keep up with their regular healthcare, and make appointments regarding their health.

If you can’t name your blood pressure numbers off the top of your head, you are not alone. Bishop said most people don’t have an occasion to take these vitals unless they go to a doctor’s office for something else.

High blood pressure can have long-term problems, like strokes and heart attacks

What are some simple solutions to lowering your blood pressure?

“We need to make healthcare more accessible. It’s as simple as not missing your appointments,” Bishop said.

And if you’ve been scrambling, don’t be afraid to reach out for help.  

“Take up the offer from a neighbor to watch your children for a couple of hours so you can see your primary care doctor or so you can take a walk. It’s been a stressful time for all of us. We all have to look to prioritize our own healthcare and to extend a little kindness to someone who might be suffering.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories


A new study finds that reports of bad weather and air actually decrease ridership on the UTA....
Devin Oldroyd

Relief from inversion and poor air quality may be in Utah’s near future

The Beehive State is in the middle of some thick inversion and poor air quality, but relief may be on the way according to the National Weather Service.
1 day ago
A study by Intermountain Health that spanned 40 years and sought answers about the health of people...
Simone Seikaly

Intermountain’s 40-year study provides insight into weight-loss surgery

In some cases the results from the weight-loss surgery study were expected. But at least one result could be a cause for alarm and caution.
1 day ago
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a recall for mil...
Simone Seikaly

Check your pantry, a Conagra canned meat recall may affect you

Millions of pounds of canned meat and poultry products (mainly Vienna sausages) are involved in the Conagra recall.
1 day ago
Two temporary federal pandemic emergency assistance programs are coming to an end in the coming mon...
Waverly Golden

As two federal pandemic emergency-assistance programs near an end, Cox has solutions

Two temporary federal pandemic emergency assistance programs are coming to an end in the coming months due to more job opportunities.
1 day ago
FILE - A doctor loads a dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at ...
Aimee Cobabe

Bill banning vaccine passports heading to Utah Senate

A bill to ban vaccine passports is heading out of the Utah House and into the Utah Senate. The bill is similar to a failed bill from 2022.
5 days ago
A bill on transgender healthcare — banning transgender-related surgeries and puberty blockers for...
Eliza Pace, KSL TV and Aimee Cobabe, KSL NewsRadio

Utah Senate approves changes to transgender care bill, passes on to Gov. Cox

SB16 bans gender-confirming surgeries for minors and also places a moratorium on puberty blockers for minors.
8 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Doctor discusses rise in blood pressure during pandemic