High blood pressure and marital discord: not being nasty matters more than being nice.

@article{Ewart1991HighBP,
  title={High blood pressure and marital discord: not being nasty matters more than being nice.},
  author={Craig K. Ewart and Craig B Taylor and Helena C. Kraemer and William Stewart Agras},
  journal={Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association},
  year={1991},
  volume={10 3},
  pages={155-63}
}
Theories linking anger and blood pressure (BP) reactivity to cardiovascular disease must be able to identify naturally occurring stressors that arouse emotion with sufficient frequency to cause chronic physiologic stress. We examine the impact of normal family arguments on 43 patients (24 women, 19 men) with essential hypertension. Patients and their partners discussed a threatening disagreement for 10 min while BP and conversation were recorded. Discussing problems increased BP, but the causal… CONTINUE READING