Stress and Hypertension: Examining the Relation between Psychological Stress and High Blood Pressure

Stress and Hypertension: Examining the Relation between Psychological Stress and High Blood Pressure

by Kevin T. Larkin, Alan E. Kazdin
     
 

Does living a stress-filled life lead to elevated blood pressure? And if so, do strategies to better manage stress effectively lower blood pressure? In this authoritative and comprehensive book, Kevin T. Larkin examines more than a half-century of empirical evidence obtained to test the common assumption that stress is associated with the onset and maintenance of

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Does living a stress-filled life lead to elevated blood pressure? And if so, do strategies to better manage stress effectively lower blood pressure? In this authoritative and comprehensive book, Kevin T. Larkin examines more than a half-century of empirical evidence obtained to test the common assumption that stress is associated with the onset and maintenance of essential hypertension (high blood pressure).

While the research confirms that stress does play a role in the exacerbation of essential hypertension, numerous other factors must also be considered, among them obesity, exercise, and smoking, as well as demographic, constitutional, and psychological concerns. The author discusses the effectiveness of strategies developed to manage stress and thereby lower blood pressure and concludes with suggestions and directions for further study.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300106442
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/11/2005
Series:
Current Perspectives in Psychology
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.19(d)

Table of Contents

Series foreword
Introduction : the case of Franklin1
Ch. 1Regulation of blood pressure7
Ch. 2Measurement of blood pressure30
Ch. 3Models of stress67
Ch. 4Stress and essential hypertension92
Ch. 5Acute stress responses : how do environmental stressors lead to essential hypertension?127
Ch. 6Individual differences and essential hypertension : constitutional and lifestyle factors181
Ch. 7Individual differences and essential hypertension : psychological and social factors214
Ch. 8Treatment and prevention of essential hypertension257
Ch. 9Conclusions and future directions307

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