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Increased blood pressure reactions to acute mental stress are associated with 16-year cardiovascular disease mortality

Carroll, Douglas and Ginty, Annie T. and Der, Geoff and Hunt, Kate and Benzeval, Michaela and Phillips, Anna C. (2012) Increased blood pressure reactions to acute mental stress are associated with 16-year cardiovascular disease mortality. Psychophysiology, 49 (10). pp. 1444-1448. ISSN 00485772

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URL of Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8986.2012.01463.x

Identification Number/DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1469-8986.2012.01463.x

Exaggerated cardiovascular reactions to acute psychological stress may be involved in the aetiology of cardiovascular pathology. The present analysis examined the association between the magnitude of systolic and diastolic blood pressure reactions to stress and cardiovascular disease mortality. Participants were 431 (229 women) from the West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study, aged 63 years at the time of stress testing, where blood pressure was measured during resting baseline and mental arithmetic stress. Participants’ vital status was tracked for the next 16 years, during which time 38 had died of cardiovascular disease. Both systolic and diastolic blood pressure reactions were positively associated with cardiovascular disease mortality. This association could reflect the long term erosive effects of exaggerated reactivity on the vasculature as well as its short term capacity to trigger acute cardiovascular events.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2012 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Subjects:BF Psychology
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Wiley Blackwell Publishing
ID Code:1331
Refereed:YES
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