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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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Conclusions and Future Directions

Conclusions and Future Directions

(p.307) 9 Conclusions and Future Directions
Stress and Hypertension

Kevin T. Larkin

Yale University Press

The evidence presented and examined in this book supported the link between stress and essential hypertension. Thousands of studies using a variety of methods for measuring stress and blood pressure have revealed an association across numerous populations from different countries. This concluding chapter provides a summary of the major findings presented in the book. It also considers a few areas in which future empirical work looks promising: comprehensive measurement of blood pressure regulation; broader application of ambulatory measurement of blood pressure; consideration of hemodynamic parameters; testing models of allostatic overload; use of objective psychological measures; and use of individualized patient assessment in optimizing treatment outcome.

Keywords:   stress, essential hypertension, blood pressure, ambulatory measurement, hemodynamic parameters, allostatic overload

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