Does hypnotizability modulate the stress-related endothelial dysfunction?

Z. Jambrik, Enrica L. Santarcangelo, Brunello Ghelarducci, Eugenio Picano, Laura Sebastiani

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Abstract

Previous studies suggest that hypnotizability represents a protective factor against the cardiac effects of cognitive stress and that hypnosis prevents vascular stress-induced modifications in highly hypnotizable individuals. The aim of the experiment was to investigate whether a similar effect at vascular level is present in awake subjects with a high (Highs) and a low (Lows) hypnotic susceptibility. Thus, brachial artery post-ischaemic flow-mediated vascular dilation (FMD) was evaluated non-invasively by ultrasound methodology during cognitive stress (mental computation) in Highs and Lows. Results showed that Highs, similarly to that previously observed in hypnotized Highs and in contrast with Lows, did not exhibit any stress-related endothelial dysfunction (FMD decrement). Thus, hypnotizability should be considered a protective factor against vascular disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-216
Number of pages4
JournalBrain Research Bulletin
Volume63
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 30 2004

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Blood Vessels
Dilatation
Brachial Artery
Hypnosis
Hypnotics and Sedatives
Vascular Diseases
Protective Factors

Keywords

  • Endothelial function
  • Humans
  • Hypnotizability
  • Mental stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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Does hypnotizability modulate the stress-related endothelial dysfunction? / Jambrik, Z.; Santarcangelo, Enrica L.; Ghelarducci, Brunello; Picano, Eugenio; Sebastiani, Laura.

In: Brain Research Bulletin, Vol. 63, No. 3, 30.04.2004, p. 213-216.

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Jambrik, Z, Santarcangelo, EL, Ghelarducci, B, Picano, E & Sebastiani, L 2004, 'Does hypnotizability modulate the stress-related endothelial dysfunction?', Brain Research Bulletin, vol. 63, no. 3, pp. 213-216. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brainresbull.2004.01.011
Jambrik, Z. ; Santarcangelo, Enrica L. ; Ghelarducci, Brunello ; Picano, Eugenio ; Sebastiani, Laura. / Does hypnotizability modulate the stress-related endothelial dysfunction?. In: Brain Research Bulletin. 2004 ; Vol. 63, No. 3. pp. 213-216.
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