Coital blood pressure in hypertensives. Cephalgia, syncope, and the effects of beta-blockade

Br Heart J. 1982 Jan;47(1):84-9. doi: 10.1136/hrt.47.1.84.


During the continuous monitoring of intra-arterial blood pressure in ambulant hypertensive subjects, 18 episodes of coitus were recorded in 11 subjects. Peak values of up to 300/175 mmHg found, the mean for men being 237/138 mmHg and for women 216/127 mmHg. Two patients with coital symptoms (cephalgia and syncope) showed no unusual responses and, when restudied after beta-blockade, one subject showed no reduction in peak coital blood pressure. The results complement those found previously in normal subjects and demonstrate the potential of the technique in investigating coital symptoms.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adrenergic beta-Antagonists / therapeutic use
  • Adult
  • Blood Pressure* / drug effects
  • Coitus*
  • Female
  • Headache / etiology
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / complications
  • Hypertension / drug therapy
  • Hypertension / physiopathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / etiology
  • Syncope / etiology


  • Adrenergic beta-Antagonists