Life stress and hypertension

J Cardiovasc Risk. 2001 Feb;8(1):51-6. doi: 10.1177/174182670100800107.


The evidence that life event stress, especially occupational stress, may contribute to persisting hypertension continues to accumulate. The findings in many studies remain significant after controlling possible confounders. This report reviews the recent evidence and explains some apparent inconsistencies in the literature attributable to different effects of state and trait psychological variables.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / psychology*
  • Life Change Events*
  • Occupational Diseases / complications*
  • Occupational Diseases / psychology
  • Personality
  • Stress, Psychological / complications*