Results of a new Cleveland Clinic-led study show a concerning rise in blood pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Researchers analyzed more than 450,000 people from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, finding significant increases in blood pressure even in those without hypertension. The study was published in Circulation

According to a news release from Cleveland Clinic, the data, based on tests performed by Quest Diagnostics, showed a significant increase in blood pressure from April through December 2020 – when many U.S. states put stay-at-home orders in place – compared to the same time period in 2019.

“Continued monitoring of blood pressure trends are crucial as we emerge from this pandemic and begin to see the toll it has taken,” said Dr. Luke Laffin. “High blood pressure can be treated through lifestyle modifications and medications, so find out your numbers and talk to your physician.”

Dr. Laffin discussed the study, on Spectrum News 1. ​