Vernell Mitchell

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The borderline hypertensive rat (BHR) is a first-generation cross between the spontaneously hypertensive rat and the normotensive Wistar-Kyoto rat. The BHR develops frank hypertension when chronically stressed or when fed a high-sodium diet. Stress-induced hypertension can be blocked by exercise. The role of the central nervous system and kidney in(More)
Two risk factors for cardiovascular disorders, parental history of hypertension and the Type A behavior pattern, were investigated concurrently with respect to cardiovascular reactivity to challenging situations. Sixty-four college males were given both the Structured Interview (SI) and Jenkins Activity Survey (JAS) for the Type A behavior pattern and a(More)
Forty-three male borderline hypertensive rats were subjected to either 3 days, or 4, 10, or 16 weeks of daily stress. An additional 43 animals served as unstressed, age-matched controls. At the end of study, animals were sacrificed, brains were removed, and cardiovascularly-important nuclei in the brainstem and hypothalamus were removed by micropunch.(More)
The purpose of this study was to assess the coronary-prone behavior pattern and physiological responses to stress in young women. Thirty-seven women, aged 18-25 yr, were tested; half were studying in nontraditional fields for women, half in traditional. Based on the Jenkins Activity Survey, women in the male-dominated fields of study were more Type A.(More)
Blood pressure and heart rate responses of the spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) and the Wistar-Kyoto rat (WKY) to mild restraint and tone-shock pairings were compared during a pre-stress, aversive conditioning and post-stress period, after five previous days of exposure to the paradigm. Although SHR and WKY showed similar responses to the onset of the(More)
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