[Psychosomatic medicine and arterial hypertension - love it or leave it?]

Hänsel, Alexander; von Känel, Roland (2012). [Psychosomatic medicine and arterial hypertension - love it or leave it?]. Therapeutische Umschau, 69(5), pp. 315-23. Bern: Huber 10.1024/0040-5930/a000291

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Over the last two decades modern psychosomatic research has found multiple evidence for an impact of psychosocial factors on the control of arterial blood pressure as well as the development of arterial hypertension. This narrative review focuses first on the current stress concept and factors that influence the degree of blood pressure change following a psychosocial stressor. Second, relevant psychosocial factors associated with blood pressure are presented such as marital status, social support, socioeconomic status and work conditions. In addition, the influence of personality and cognition on blood pressure will be discussed. The second part focuses on the outcome of cognitive-behavioral therapies and relaxation techniques as a means to effectively control blood pressure. In conclusion, there is now good evidence showing that psychosocial factors and stressors may increase blood pressure. The working environment, the socioeconomic status as well as aspects of personality and cognitive factors like rumination may also impact blood pressure with to an extent that is clinically relevant. With respect to therapeutic options, cognitive-behavioral interventions, combined with relaxation techniques all fitting the needs of the individual patient best can offer a clinically meaningful contribution of an effective blood pressure control.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology > Centre of Competence for Psychosomatic Medicine

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Hänsel, Alexander and von Känel, Roland








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04 Oct 2013 14:23

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06 Dec 2013 13:28

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/7897 (FactScience: 213274)

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