Cardiovascular Reactivity and Stress: Patterns of Physiological Response

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 31, 1994 - Medical - 236 pages
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This book is an articulate, concise, contemporary introduction to the study of important variables underlying cardiovascular reactivity. Its strength is in the combination of a scholarly but nonpedantic approach to cardiovascular psychophysiology and a solid understanding of be havioral medicine approaches to the study of hypertension. The topics covered are central to the study of relationships between behavior and cardiovascular reactivity; the list of suggested readings at the end of each chapter provides excellent guidance for more detailed study of specific issues. It has now been more than a dozen years since Plenum Press published Paul Obrist's seminal monograph Cardiovascular Psycho physiology. The volume had a major impact in relating cardiovascular regulation to behaving individuals and in developing thoughtful hy potheses concerning such factors as they might pertain to hypertension. The impact of that work extended across scientific disciplines as well as aross continents. At the time the Obrist book was published, a young psychologist, J. Rick Turner, was completing his Ph. D. thesis in psychol ogy at the University of Birmingham, England, on heart rate reactions to psychological challenge. After continued collaboration for the next several years with his former Ph. D. mentor, Douglas Carroll, Turner joined the Obrist laboratory at the University of North Carolina. Al though Obrist unfortunately died during Turner's tenure in the labora tory, collaboration continued with Kathleen Light and Andrew Sher wood. The enlightened legacy of the North Carolina laboratory can clearly be seen in this text.
 

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Contents

Higher Nervous Control of Cardiovascular Function
19
Modeling Stress and Assessing Reactivity
37
Assessment of Laboratory Reactivity
44
Summary
54
The Disease and the Possible
57
Individual Differences in Cardiovascular
71
Discussion
86
Genetic Determinants of Individual Differences
109
Aerobic Fitness
139
EVERYDAY REACTIVITY AND RISK
151
LaboratoryField Studies Employing Regression Analysis
162
Further Reading
170
Other Areas of Cardiovascular Reactivity
187
References
209
Index
233
Copyright

Summary
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Page 216 - Genetic heritability and common environmental components of resting and stressed blood pressures, lipids, and body mass index in Utah pedigrees and twins. Am J Epidemiol 1989;129:625-638.
Page 214 - Girdler, SS, Turner, JR, Sherwood, A., & Light, KC (1990). Gender differences in blood pressure control during a variety of behavioral stressors. Psychosomatic Medicine, 52, 571591.

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J. Rick Turner, PhD, is Chairman of the Department of Clinical Research at Campbell University School of Pharmacy in Morrisville, North Carolina. A Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, his areas of interest include cardiovascular behavioral medicine, drug development, and clinical submissions. Dr. Turner has authored several books as well as more than fifty articles in professional journals, and he received a Commit to Product Development Award from GlaxoSmithKline in 2005.

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