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Psychophysiological reactivity of borderline hypertensives and their recovery after mental stress.
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PMID:  9311031     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The question of psychophysiological reactivity of borderline hypertensives is still controversial. METHODS: Young males with borderline blood pressure levels and normotensive controls were recruited during a routine examination. Samples of study I comprised 19 subjects, samples of study II 18 subjects. Two stressors were presented (distressing movie, mental arithmetic), each followed by a recovery phase. Systolic and diastolic blood pressure, heart rate, and electrodermal parameters were assessed repeatedly. RESULTS: Borderline hypertensives showed greater reactions to stressors in systolic blood pressure only. Changes in percentage of baseline levels were essentially the same. Recovery after stress did not differ between groups. CONCLUSION: Only moderate support is given to the hypothesis that borderline hypertensives show increased and slowly recovering psychophysiological responses.
T Köhler; M Fricke; T Ritz; N Scherbaum
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychotherapy and psychosomatics     Volume:  66     ISSN:  0033-3190     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychother Psychosom     Publication Date:  1997  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-11-25     Completed Date:  1997-11-25     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0024046     Medline TA:  Psychother Psychosom     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  261-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Psychology III, University of Hamburg, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Physiological / physiology
Analysis of Variance
Blood Pressure / physiology*
Case-Control Studies
Galvanic Skin Response / physiology
Heart Rate / physiology
Hypertension / psychology*
Longitudinal Studies
Military Personnel
Psychophysiologic Disorders / physiopathology*
Stress, Psychological / physiopathology*
Time Factors

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