The influence of social situations on ambulatory blood pressure

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Ambulatory blood pressure (BP) levels were assessed and types of activities were recorded every 20 min for a 12-hr period in 131 normotensive or mild-moderate hypertensive subjects. Systolic (S)BP and diastolic (D)BP levels varied significantly as a function of the social situation (alone, with family, with friends, or with strangers). BP levels were lowest when subjects were with family and were highest when subjects were with strangers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-86
Number of pages8
JournalPsychosomatic medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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