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Psychological stress tasks in the prediction of blood pressure level and need for antihypertensive medication: 9-12 years follow-up.
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2005 (English)In: Health Psychology, Vol. 24, no 1, 77-87 p.Article in journal (Other (popular scientific, debate etc.)) Published
Abstract [en]

Increased blood pressure (BP) reactivity to subtypes of psychological stimuli may differentially predict the development of future BP elevation or hypertension. The authors present the 9-12 year follow-up results of 82 (86%) of 95 male participants with different BP levels. They were healthy, untreated, and age-matched volunteers from a routine health checkup carried out on all 35-, 40-, and 45 year-olds from a medium-sized city. Intra-arterial systolic blood pressure (SBP) during the psychological tasks improved the prediction of future casual SBP and noninvasive 24-hr ambulatory SBP compared with predictions from casual diagnostic measurements. Diastolic blood pressure (DBP) was very useful when added to casual DBP in predicting the need for antihyptertensive medication. Reactivity to active tasks especially predicts the need for antihypertensive medication.

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2005. Vol. 24, no 1, 77-87 p.
Keyword [en]
blood pressure, ambulatory, hypertension, stress, prospective studies, active tasks
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-68348OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-68348DiVA: diva2:96259
Available from: 2005-02-23 Created: 2005-02-23 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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