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[Cardiovascular impact of psychological stress].

Authors
  • Fauvel, J P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annales de Cardiologie et d Angéiologie
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2002
Volume
51
Issue
2
Pages
76–80
Identifiers
PMID: 12471686
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The cardiovascular impact of stress depends on, first individual perception of stress and second individual cardiovascular reactivity to a stressful stimulation. Psychological stressors are filtered by cognitive appraisal mechanisms before causing biological response so that, for the same strain, individual effects may differ. Therefore, due to complexity of stress personal management, a multilevel stress measurement strategy is needed. To measure stress cardiovascular impact, stress should be precisely quantified. Recently, questionnaires have been developed to score not only the strain but also the personal perception of the strain. Individual stress reactivity can be evaluated by hormone response (epinephrine, norepinephrine, steroids) or by cardiovascular reactivity to a stress test. Until now, all the studies found that stress was independently related to blood pressure especially in active people. Prospective studies are still ongoing to definitively prove that stress could explain hypertension in a subset of hypertensives.

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