Hypertension: The Disease and the Possible Influence of Stress Responses in Its Development

Part of the The Springer Series in Behavioral Psychophysiology and Medicine book series (SSBP)


In this final chapter of the book’s first section we shall consider the possible association between heightened cardiovascular reactivity and later cardiovascular disease. This potential association has been a major driving force behind reactivity research in recent years, and a considerable number of publications have addressed this issue in detail. Presented here is a selection of the vast quantity of information relating to the role of stress and reactivity in the development of hypertension.


Cardiac Output Blood Pressure Response Total Peripheral Resistance Cardiovascular Reactivity Essential Hypertensive 
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Further Reading

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    Folkow, B., & Neil, E. (1971). Circulation. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
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    Fredrikson, M., & Matthews, K.A. (1990). Cardiovascular responses to behavioral stress and hypertension: A meta-analytic review Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 12, 30–39.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Genest, J., Koiw, E., & Kuchel, O. (1977). Hypertension: Pathophysiology and treatment. New York: McGraw-Hill.Google Scholar
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    Kannel, W.B., & Sorlie, P (1975). Hypertension in Framingham. In O. Paul (Ed.), Epidemiology and control of hypertension (pp. 553–592 ). New York: Intercontinental Medical Book Corporation.Google Scholar
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    Lovallo, W.R., & Wilson, M.F. (1992). A biobehavioral model of hypertension development. In J.R. Turner, A. Sherwood, & K.C. Light (Eds.), Individual differences in cardiovascular response to stress (pp. 265–280 ). New York: Plenum.Google Scholar
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    Manuck, S.B., Kasprowicz, A.L., & Muldoon, M.F. (1990). Behaviorally-evoked cardiovascular reactivity and hypertension: Conceptual issues and potential associations. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 12, 17–29.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Matthews, K.A., Weiss, S.M., Detre, T., Dembroski, T.M., Falkner, B., Manuck, S.B., & Williams, R.B., Jr. (1986). Handbook of stress, reactivity, and cardiovascular disease. New York: Wiley.Google Scholar
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TennesseeMemphisUSA

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