Association between smoking status and cardiovascular and cortisol stress responsivity in healthy young men.

@article{Roy1994AssociationBS,
  title={Association between smoking status and cardiovascular and cortisol stress responsivity in healthy young men.},
  author={M P Roy and Andrew Steptoe and Clemens Kirschbaum},
  journal={International journal of behavioral medicine},
  year={1994},
  volume={1 3},
  pages={264-83}
}
Acutely, cigarette smoking stimulates increases in blood pressure (BP), heart rate (HR), and cortisol, but little evidence is available concerning the impact of habitual smoking status on cardiovascular stress responsivity. This relation was assessed in 86 healthy male firefighters, age 19 to 31. comprising 52 nonsmokers and 34 smokers. Measures of BP, HR, salivary free cortisol, breathing pattern, and self-reported stress and alertness were obtained while subjects performed nonverbal mental… CONTINUE READING

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