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Stress and HypertensionExamining the Relation between Psychological Stress and High Blood Pressure$
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Kevin T. Larkin

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300106442

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300106442.001.0001

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Introduction The Case of Franklin

Introduction The Case of Franklin

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(p.1) Introduction The Case of Franklin
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Stress and Hypertension
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Kevin T. Larkin

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300106442.003.0001

Franklin, an African American firefighter, sustained third-degree burns on his left arm and hand when he attempted to free a child from a burning vehicle without success. Months following this incident, Franklin was diagnosed with hypertension and his physician prescribed an antihypertensive medication to lower it. However, Franklin took the medication only if he encountered a particularly stressful period on the job or at home. Like Franklin, millions of people worldwide do not really have a comprehensive understanding of their diagnosis of hypertension. Most people believe that stress is the reason their blood pressure is high, so they choose to discontinue treatment during less stressful periods. This book aims to provide an understanding of hypertension and its complex relationship with stress. It examines the body of empirical evidence testing the assumption that stress is associated with the onset and maintenance of essential hypertension.

Keywords:   hypertension, antihypertensive medication, blood pressure, stress, essential hypertension

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