Blood pressure, gender, and parental hypertension are factors in baseline and poststress pain sensitivity in normotensive adults.


Journal Article

We studied 38 men and 36 women to learn whether a brief speech stressor reduced normotensive humans' thermal pain sensitivity, whether baseline and poststress pain threshold and tolerance varied with blood pressure (BP) and hemodynamic measures, and whether these relations differed by gender and parental hypertension (PH). PH-women with low-resting BPs had lower baseline pain tolerance than did all the other groups (ps <.05), and this group alone exhibited stress-induced analgesia (p = .008). In women, pre- and poststress pain tolerance varied directly with rest and stress BP (ps <.05).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bragdon, EE; Light, KC; Girdler, SS; Maixner, W

Published Date

  • 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 17 - 38

PubMed ID

  • 16250740

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16250740

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1070-5503

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1207/s15327558ijbm0401_2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England