The Causal Role of Chronic Mental Stress in the Pathogenesis of Essential Hypertension

  • Murray EslerEmail author


The idea that essential hypertension may arise through psychosomatic mechanisms is an old one. Even before the standard methods of indirect blood pressure measurement were available, Geisbock (in 1905) wrote, concerning his male patients with polycythemia and hypertension (systolic pressure having been measured with a ­finger plethysmograph): “one finds an unusual frequency of those who as directors of big enterprises had a great deal of responsibility and demanding jobs, and who, after a long period of mental overwork, became nervous.


Aversive stressors for hypertension Chronic mental stress Experimental models of stress-induced hypertension Neurogenic hypertension Pathogenesis of essential hypertension Psychodynamic formulation Public ­policy implementation Sympathetic nervous system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hypertension Thrombosis and Vascular Biology DivisionBaker IDI Heart and Diabetes InstituteMelbourneAustralia

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