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Blood pressure reactivity to active and passive behavioral conditions in hypertensives and normotensives.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1594897     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Blood pressure reactivity and passive behavioral tasks was studied in patients with mild essential hypertension and normotensive controls. The passive condition included 10 presentations of a 6 sec, 78 dB, 1000 Hz tone without any response requirements. In the active condition subjects were given an additional 10 tone presentations and asked to press a push-button at tone termination. The absolute and percent increase in systolic blood pressure from rest was greater in hypertensives than normotensives in response to the active condition but similar to the passive condition. It is concluded that patients with hypertension compared to normotensive controls show exaggerated blood pressure reactivity to tasks involving active but not passive coping efforts. Since the tasks used to induce active and passive coping in the present study were identical apart from coping requirements, the notion that the activity dimension in and of itself modulates reactivity differences between patients and controls is supported.
M Fredrikson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of psychology     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0036-5564     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Psychol     Publication Date:  1992  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-07-01     Completed Date:  1992-07-01     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404510     Medline TA:  Scand J Psychol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  68-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology and Psychiatry, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Blood Pressure*
Hypertension / psychology*
Middle Aged
Pitch Perception
Psychomotor Performance*

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