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The Relationship Between Pain Sensitivity and Blood Pressure in Normotensives
Pain (1992)
  • Stephen Bruehl, Vanderbilt University
  • Charles R. Carlson, University of Kentucky
  • James A. McCubbin, Clemson University

Hypertension has been found to be related to decreased sensitivity to painful stimuli. The current study explored whether this relationship extends into the normotensive range of blood pressures. Resting blood pressures were assessed in 60 male normotensives. Subjects then underwent a l min finger pressure pain stimulation trial. Pain ratings were inversely related to resting systolic blood pressure. This relationship was unrelated to emotional state or coping styles. Multiple regression analyses indicated that over one-third of the variance in pain ratings can be accounted for by resting blood pressure, coping style, and emotional state.

  • Acute pain,
  • Blood pressure,
  • Coping styles,
  • Emotional state,
  • Pain prediction,
  • Baroreceptors
Publication Date
March, 1992
Citation Information
Stephen Bruehl, Charles R. Carlson and James A. McCubbin. "The Relationship Between Pain Sensitivity and Blood Pressure in Normotensives" Pain Vol. 48 Iss. 3 (1992)
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