Social support and cardiovascular reactivity.

  title={Social support and cardiovascular reactivity.},
  author={Nicholas J. S. Christenfeld and William Gerin},
  journal={Biomedicine & pharmacotherapy = Biomedecine & pharmacotherapie},
  volume={54 5},
Recent experimental work on the benefits of social support in buffering cardiovascular stress responses builds on prior epidemiological, psychological, and physiological work. Epidemiological data show that social integration is associated with better health, but cannot unambiguously establish causality (it could be that healthy people attract more friends), nor that the mechanism is psychological (the mechanism could be behavioral; for example, with friends encouraging exercise). Social… CONTINUE READING

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