Trajectory of psychological risk and incident hypertension in middle-aged women.

@article{Rikknen2001TrajectoryOP,
  title={Trajectory of psychological risk and incident hypertension in middle-aged women.},
  author={Katri R{\"a}ikk{\"o}nen and Karen A. Matthews and L. H. Kuller},
  journal={Hypertension},
  year={2001},
  volume={38 4},
  pages={798-802}
}
The aim of the study was to test the hypotheses that the trajectory of psychological risk (ie, persistent or increasing measures of depression and anxiety symptoms, anger, and low social support over time) increases the risk for the development of hypertension and that blood pressure levels fluctuate with psychological changes in women. Initially, healthy normotensive middle-aged women (n=541; 90.6% white, 8.9% African American) were followed across an average of 9.2 years of follow-up… CONTINUE READING