HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Partner's presence associated with lower blood pressure

Blood pressure often decreases when you are with a spouse or significant other, dropping below levels associated with talking to friends or even being alone, according to a new study.

"An intriguing possibility is that the effects of partner interactions on [blood pressure] may partially account for the association between marital status and cardiovascular health," says Brook B. Gump, Ph.D., of the State University of New York at Oswego, referring to previous studies that have shown married men and women have less heart disease.

In the study of 117 subjects monitored continuously over 6 days, Gump and colleagues found that systolic and diastolic blood pressure measurements were lower during periods of interaction with a significant other than during interaction with any other person.

Systolic blood pressure, expressed as the first number in a blood pressure reading, refers to the pressure in the arteries during contractions of the heart, and diastolic, the second number, refers to the pressure in the arteries in between each contraction.

The study is published in the May issue of Psychosomatic Medicine.

The researchers found that subjects blood pressure did not vary greatly among different social situations, only on the order of 1 to 1.5 mm Hg, but the changes were consistent and statistically significant. On a population-wide basis, these small effects may have substantial impact, they say.

"Given that most interactions with a well-established partner are safe or predictable, a partners presence may act as a classically conditioned safety signal. Nonpartner interactions, however, because they may occur less frequently and involve greater uncertainty, may be more likely to be associated with a defense reaction or heightened vigilance," Gump says.

They also found that periods of talking were associated with a rise in blood pressure, although the increases were smaller when the subjects were with their partner than wh
'"/>

Contact: Brooks B. Gump, PhD., M.P.H.
gump@oswego.edu
315-312-3463
Center for the Advancement of Health
23-May-2001


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. UCLA Medical Center becomes first hospital to introduce remote presence robots in ICU
2. Study suggests widespread environmental presence of Enterobacter sakazakii
3. Tight rules, police presence may limit use of Vancouvers new drug injection facility
4. In 15 seconds, new test will ID presence of 25 most common mutations of cystic fibrosis
5. Organizational traits associated with quality patient care are essential to home care nursing
6. Depression may explain higher risk of heart attack associated with antidepressants
7. Current daily smoking may be associated with increased risk for suicidal thoughts and attempts
8. Inpatient smoking cessation counseling is associated with early differences in mortality
9. Hypothyroidism associated with reduced breast cancer risk
10. COX-2 inhibitors associated with blood pressure elevation
11. Mothers depression associated with increased risk of childs antisocial behavior

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/24/2019)... Ireland (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2019 , ... Allergy Standards was shortlisted for this ... Avectas and Vocavio . , The awards were jointly presented by the ... , The winner of the award was announced during the Annual Dinner of the American ...
(Date:5/24/2019)... ... ... Bright Now!® Dental partnered with the Smiles for Everyone ... dental services for underinsured, low-income individuals on May 19. , This past Sunday, volunteers ... and their dedicated support staff hosted the Fresno Day of Giving, where members of ...
(Date:5/24/2019)... ... May 24, 2019 , ... The National Children’s Cancer Society ... paired with a mentor for emotional and social support. Mentors are the organization’s Beyond ... funds toward their college tuition from the NCCS. , Each NCCS mentor is a ...
(Date:5/24/2019)... , ... May 24, 2019 , ... ... and use sunscreen in school. The law, signed by Governor Steve Sisolak, also ... behaviors. This ensures children are protected from overexposure to the sun, thus preventing ...
(Date:5/24/2019)... , ... May 24, 2019 , ... Habitat for Humanity ... Women Build Week, June 1-8, 2019. This weeklong celebration builds on a long history ... organization’s work sites. During the 2019 Frederick Women Build Week, small groups of volunteers ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2019)... ... May 24, 2019 , ... ... and health physics services, announced today that it has completed the purchase of ... based in Woodstock, GA. , “The purchase of PTC will complement West Physics’ ...
(Date:5/24/2019)... ... May 24, 2019 , ... California ... aligning resources and strategically partnering to promote best practices in parks and ... are essential to creating healthier, happier societies across generations. Complimentary professional development ...
(Date:5/24/2019)... ... May 24, 2019 , ... ... Vacs are powerful in-line conveyors that transport high volumes of material through ... require the benefits of 316SS including excellent chemical and corrosion resistance, performance in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: