Blood pressure responses to mental stress in emotionally defensive patients with stable coronary artery disease.


Journal Article

Emotional defensiveness, defined by concealment of both negative emotions and personal vulnerability, was substantially and consistently correlated with the magnitude of blood pressure reactions to 2 types of mental stress among coronary patients, independently of clinical status. Given recent studies denoting stress-related blood pressure surges as triggers of dangerous cardiovascular events, exaggerated vasomotor reactions among defensive patients may be of clinical significance.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Grossman, P; Watkins, LL; Ristuccia, H; Wilhelm, FH

Published Date

  • August 1, 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 80 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 343 - 346

PubMed ID

  • 9264432

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9264432

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9149

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0002-9149(97)00359-7


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States