Affordable Access

Publisher Website

Cardiovascular stress reactivity: A behavior-genetic perspective

Authors
Journal
Behavior Therapy
0005-7894
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
17
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0005-7894(86)80064-8
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology

Abstract

Increasing attention is being given to cardiovascular reactivity as a marker and potential risk factor for disease. Individual differences in cardiovascular reactivity to laboratory stress have been assessed in hypertensive adults and matched normotensive controls, in the normotensive offspring of hypertensive parents, and in twin-family studies of normotensive adolescents and adults. Cardiovascular stress reactivity is a relatively stable characteristic of individuals, and exaggerated stress-responsivity, associated with a positive family history of essential hypertension, is demonstrable early in life. Classic twin studies document significant genetic influences on cardiovascular stress patterns, and longitudinal studies suggest that heightened reactivity to stress constitutes a risk factor for the development of sustained hypertension. The study of stress reactivity may lead to early identification of young pre-hypertensive individuals who are candidates for behavioral and other nonpharmacologic intervention efforts.

There are no comments yet on this publication. Be the first to share your thoughts.

Statistics

Seen <100 times
0 Comments

More articles like this

Genetic influences on cardiovascular stress reacti...

on Neuroscience & Biobehavioral R... Jan 01, 2010

Depressive symptoms and cardiovascular reactivity...

on International journal of behav... 2004

Association between cardiovascular reactivity to s...

on The American journal of physio... July 1990
More articles like this..