Cardiovascular reactivity to psychological stress may enhance subsequent pain sensitivity.

@article{Caceres1997CardiovascularRT,
  title={Cardiovascular reactivity to psychological stress may enhance subsequent pain sensitivity.},
  author={Cynthia Caceres and John W. Burns},
  journal={Pain},
  year={1997},
  volume={69 3},
  pages={237-44}
}
Stress-induced physiological reactivity has been shown to correlate with indexes of pain sensitivity, but it has not been demonstrated whether such reactivity can affect subsequent levels of pain threshold, tolerance and self-reported severity. The present study examined whether the degree of physiological reactivity (i.e., blood pressure and heart rate) elicited during an initial psychological stressor could be shown to influence indexes of pain sensitivity during subsequent pain induction… CONTINUE READING

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