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The effect of alexithymia on morbidity in hypertensives.
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PMID:  6729009     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Alexithymic and nonalexithymic hypertensives were assessed for severity of hypertension using a weighting system based on diastolic blood pressure, optic fundi, ECG, chest X ray, renal studies, and patient history. Outpatient hypertensives (diastolic blood pressure greater than 95 mm Hg) were selected as subjects because they are largely asymptomatic; thus, focusing on somatic ills to the exclusion of thoughts about emotions is not likely to be due to their hypertensive pathology but rather reflects psychological constitution. Controlling for age differences, it was found that alexithymics manifested more severe hypertensive sequelae than did nonalexithymics ; there was, however, no difference in severity of atherosclerosis. The results suggest that alexithymia is not only correlated with hypertension but may also play a role in its etiology.
B C Gage; K J Egan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychotherapy and psychosomatics     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0033-3190     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychother Psychosom     Publication Date:  1984  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-07-16     Completed Date:  1984-07-16     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0024046     Medline TA:  Psychother Psychosom     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  136-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Affective Symptoms / psychology*
Blood Pressure
Hypertension / psychology*
Middle Aged

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