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Cardiovascular response to stress and perceived stress is not altered 40 years after hypertensive pregnancies

Journal article
Authors Anna-Clara Collen
Helena Gustafsson
Margareta Hellgren
Linus Schiöler
Louise Bexander
Karin Manhem
Published in Hypertension in Pregnancy
Volume 34
Issue 1
Pages 116-124
ISSN 1064-1955
Publication year 2015
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Physiology
Institute of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
Institute of Medicine
Institute of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine
Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pages 116-124
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.3109/10641955.2014.98...
Keywords Cardiovascular reactivity, Follow-up, Hypertension, Perceived stress, Pregnancy
Subject categories Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine

Abstract

Objective: Women experiencing hypertensive pregnancies have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Whether stress increase the risk is unknown. The objective was to test if cardiovascular response to stress and/or perceived stress differed in relation to blood pressure status during pregnancy 40 years earlier. Methods: Cardiovascular response was examined with mental stress test, and perceived stress was evaluated with a questionnaire in 105 women. Results: Resting heart rate was higher, and pulse reactivity was lower in women with previous hypertensive pregnancies. Neither blood pressure nor perceived stress differed. Conclusion: Response to physical or psychological stress is not affected many years after pregnancy.

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