The Role of Angry Rumination and Distraction in Blood Pressure Recovery From Emotional Arousal

@article{Gerin2006TheRO,
  title={The Role of Angry Rumination and Distraction in Blood Pressure Recovery From Emotional Arousal},
  author={William Gerin and Karina W. Davidson and Nicholas Christenfeld and Tanya M. Goyal and Joseph E. Schwartz},
  journal={Psychosomatic Medicine},
  year={2006},
  volume={68},
  pages={64-72}
}
Objective: Cardiovascular recovery of prestress baseline blood pressure has been implicated as a possible additional determinant of sustained blood pressure elevation. We hypothesize that angry ruminations may slow the recovery process. Method: A within-subjects design was used in which resting baseline blood pressure and heart rate measurements were assessed on 60 subjects, who then took part in two anger-recall tasks. After each task, subjects sat quietly and alone during a 12-minute recovery… 

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