Is Neuroticism A Risk Factor for CAD? Is Type A a Measure of Neuroticism?

  • P. T. CostaJr.


This contribution has two main purposes. The first is to present a brief review of the empirical evidence which demonstrates that the personality dimension of neuroticism (N) is related to increased somatic complaints, including chest pain or angina-like complaints, but is not causally or etiologically related to objective signs or pathophysiological evidence of disease, especially coronary artery disease (CAD). The second purpose is to consider the implications of this empirical generalization for the conceptualization and assessment of the coronary-prone behavior pattern (CPBP) or type A behavior pattern (TABP).


Chest Pain Somatic Complaint Coronary Artery Disease Group Eysenck Personality Questionnaire Chest Pain Symptom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. T. CostaJr.
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Gerontology Research Center (Baltimore), National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Health, PHSU. S. Department of Health and Human ServicesBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Francis Scott Key Medical CenterBaltimoreUSA

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