Stress and cardiovascular reactivity: correlates and consequences of extreme stress reactions.

Anna Whittaker

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The response of the cardiovascular system to stressful situations has long been considered to have implications for health outcomes. Both exaggerated and diminished cardiovascular reactivity to acute psychological stressors have serious consequences for health. This chapter based on my STAR 2014 Early Career Award talk will compare and discuss my research on both high and low cardiovascular responses to psychological stress. Exaggerated reactions are
associated with the development of hypertension, markers of systemic atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease. Blunted or low reactivity is related to depression, obesity, and a range of addictions. It has been proposed that an interaction between genetics and the environment contributes to individuals’ reactivity to stress. The objective of this talk is to explore cutting edge research on the pathways to the development of disease via alterations in stress reactivity. It will also highlight some of the key environmental, social, and mechanistic pathways from high and low cardiovascular reactivity to health and ill health in later life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStress and Anxiety:
Subtitle of host publicationApplications to Schools, Well-Being, Coping and Internet Use
EditorsKathleen A. Moore, Siobhan Howard, Petra Buchwald
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherLogos Tip Yayinciligi
ISBN (Print)978-3-8325-4004-3
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2015


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