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Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 37–43 | Cite as

Frequency of church attendance and blood pressure elevation

  • Thomas W. Graham
  • Berton H. Kaplan
  • Joan C. Cornoni-Huntley
  • Sherman A. James
  • Caroline Becker
  • Curtis G. Hames
  • Siegfried Heyden
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Abstract

Blood pressure levels were examined with regard to church attendance patterns in a group of white male heads of households who appeared in the 1967–1969 follow-up examination of the Evans County Cardiovascular Epidemiologic Study. A consistent pattern of lower systolic and diastolic blood pressures among frequent church attenders was found compared to that of infrequent attenders which was not due to the effects of age, obesity, cigarette smoking, or socioeconomic status.

Key words

religion blood pressure church attendance 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas W. Graham
  • Berton H. Kaplan
    • 1
  • Joan C. Cornoni-Huntley
    • 2
  • Sherman A. James
    • 1
  • Caroline Becker
    • 1
  • Curtis G. Hames
    • 3
  • Siegfried Heyden
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of EpidemiologyUniversity of North Carolina School of Public HealthChapel Hill
  2. 2.Office of ResearchNational Center for Health Statistics, Health Resources AdministrationRockville
  3. 3.Evans County Cardiovascular StudiesEvans County Health DepartmentClaxton
  4. 4.Duke University Medical CenterDurham

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