CAROLINE BEDELL THOMAS, M.D., F.A.C.P.; EDMOND A. MURPHY, M.D.
In studying the physiologic characteristics of Johns Hopkins medical students as part of a long-term investigation of the precursors of hypertension and/or coronary disease, we have used several standardized stress tests, including the cold pressor test and the ballistocardiographic smoking test, in order to observe individual differences in circulatory reactivity.1-5 It is generally recognized that hypertensive patients show greater lability of blood pressure under various forms of stress than do normotensive persons. That such lability of blood pressure is a characteristic of the individual which precedes the development of hypertension was indicated by studies of Levy, Hillman, Stroud and White,
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THOMAS CB, MURPHY EA. OBSERVATIONS ON SOME POSSIBLE PRECURSORS OF ESSENTIAL HYPERTENSION AND CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE. VI. COMPARISON OF THE CIRCULATORY REACTIVITY TO THE COLD PRESSOR TEST AND TO THE SMOKING TEST(OBSERVATIONS ON SOME POSSIBLE PRECURSORS OF ESSENTIAL HYPERTENSION AND CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE. VI. COMPARISON OF THE CIRCULATORY REACTIVITY TO THE COLD PRESSOR TEST AND TO THE SMOKING TEST*). Ann Intern Med. 1959;50:970–980. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-50-4-970
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1959;50(4):970-980.
Cardiology, Coronary Heart Disease, Coronary Risk Factors, Hypertension, Nephrology.
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