Forearm vascular conductance during mental stress is related to the heart rate response

Tasha L. Pike, Rachel L. Elvebak, M. Jegede, Stephen J. Gleich, John H. Eisenach

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Abstract

The forearm vasodilator response to mental stress is multifactorial and widely variable among individuals. We evaluated the association between the heart rate and forearm vascular conductance (FVC) responses to a color word test in 101 healthy adults. We found a striking correlation between heart rate and FVC (r = 0.66, P < 0.001), which remained significant when controlling for subject characteristics, blood pressure, and catecholamines. This suggests that the mechanical stimulation is one of the key factors that contribute to the increase in FVC during mental stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-187
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Autonomic Research
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009

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Keywords

  • Catecholamines
  • Forearm vascular conductance
  • Heart rate
  • Mental stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems

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Forearm vascular conductance during mental stress is related to the heart rate response. / Pike, Tasha L.; Elvebak, Rachel L.; Jegede, M.; Gleich, Stephen J.; Eisenach, John H.

In: Clinical Autonomic Research, Vol. 19, No. 3, 06.2009, p. 183-187.

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Pike, Tasha L. ; Elvebak, Rachel L. ; Jegede, M. ; Gleich, Stephen J. ; Eisenach, John H. / Forearm vascular conductance during mental stress is related to the heart rate response. In: Clinical Autonomic Research. 2009 ; Vol. 19, No. 3. pp. 183-187.
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