Frequency of Church Attendance and Blood Pressure Elevation

J Behav Med. 1978 Mar;1(1):37-43. doi: 10.1007/BF00846585.


Blood pressure levels were examined with regard to church attendance patterns in a group of white male heads of households who appeared in the 1967-1969 follow-up examination of the Evans County Cardiovascular Epidemiologic Study. A consistent pattern of lower systolic and diastolic blood pressures among frequent church attenders was found compared to that of infrequent attenders which was not due to the effects of age, obesity, cigarette smoking, or socioeconomic status.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Blood Pressure*
  • Body Weight
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Religion and Psychology*
  • Smoking
  • Socioeconomic Factors