Low Work Load During Physical Stress Testing Is Mental Stress Testing

  • H. Rüddel
  • M. E. McKinney
  • J. C. Buell
  • R. S. Eliot
  • H. Otten
  • W. Schulte
  • W. Langewitz
  • A. W. von Eiff
Conference paper


The typical physiologic response to exercise is a rapid increase in systolic blood pressure (SBP) and heart rate (HR). Diastolic blood pressure (DBP) does not increase significantly in healthy young persons. In the literature, the blood pressure response to physical exercise tests has yielded conflicting results regarding blood pressure (BP) reactions of hypertensives or normotensive patients. Most studies show no difference in the reaction pattern of hypertensives and normotensives [10, 11, 15] unless the patients are older or already have an impaired vascular system [17]. Pickering and co-workers [14] reported last year, for example, that 20 normotensive, 19 borderline hypertensive, and 15 hypertensive outpatients showed similar increases in BP (44/0, 52/ – 1,48/ – 1 mmHg respectively).


Systolic Blood Pressure Mental Stress Blood Pressure Response Borderline Hypertensive Casual Blood Pressure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Rüddel
  • M. E. McKinney
  • J. C. Buell
  • R. S. Eliot
  • H. Otten
  • W. Schulte
  • W. Langewitz
  • A. W. von Eiff

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