Hemodynamic characteristics of young men at risk for hypertension at rest and during laboratory stressors.

S. A. Everson, W. R. Lovallo, K. P. Sausen, M. F. Wilson

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Examined hemodynamic activity--at rest, during mental arithmetic, and during hand cold pressor--in young men varying in risk for hypertension. Classification into low-risk (n = 72), moderate-risk (n = 20), and high-risk (n = 13) groups was based on resting systolic blood pressure (SBP) and parental history of essential hypertension (PH). Dependent variables were SBP, diastolic BP (DBP), heart rate, and rate-pressure product (RPP). Progressively greater hemodynamic activity was seen across risk groups at rest and during the tasks. Risk groups differed significantly in SBP, DBP, and RPP at baseline (ps less than .003) and in size of response to mental arithmetic (ps less than .05) but not to cold pressor. These relationships were either absent or weaker when using either risk factor alone to form risk groups. These findings suggest that hemodynamic reactivity to mental stress is predicted better by a combination of resting SBP and PH than by either risk factor alone and that physiological reactivity may be an important accompaniment of increased risk for hypertension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-31
Number of pages8
JournalHealth psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992


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