Conference Proceedings

Do chronic psychological stressors accelerate the progress of cardiovascular disease?

Alan Goble, Michael Le Grande

STRESS AND HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2008


This critical review discusses available evidence concerning whether chronic psychological stressors affect the progress of cardiovascular disease. Emphasis is placed upon prospective cohort studies. The report largely reflects comprehensive reviews by others, but also discusses recent empirical research attempting to understand the basis for conflicting conclusions. The role of stressors is reviewed in the framework of possible personality features. It is probable that personality differences affect behavioural responses to stressors in a subset of subjects prone to introversion and negative affectivity. It is also probable that psychological depression is a factor inducing adverse outcomes..

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