Hypnotic modulation of flow-mediated endothelial response to mental stress

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

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Abstract

Post-ischaemic flow mediated dilation of peripheral arteries (FMD) is transiently reduced during mental stress. This experiment was aimed at assessing whether hypnosis, which is a powerful relaxation technique, modulated the FMD response to mental stress in subjects with different hypnotic susceptibility. Results showed that hypnotic relaxation prevented the expected stress-related reduction of FMD only in highly hypnotizable subjects, suggesting a protective role of hypnotisability against vascular damage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-227
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Psychophysiology
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005

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Hypnotics and Sedatives
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Arteries

Keywords

  • Endothelial function
  • Heart rate
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis
  • Mental stress
  • Relaxation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Hypnotic modulation of flow-mediated endothelial response to mental stress. / Jambrik, Z.; Sebastiani, Laura; Picano, Eugenio; Ghelarducci, Brunello; Santarcangelo, Enrica L.

In: International Journal of Psychophysiology, Vol. 55, No. 2, 02.2005, p. 221-227.

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Jambrik, Z. ; Sebastiani, Laura ; Picano, Eugenio ; Ghelarducci, Brunello ; Santarcangelo, Enrica L. / Hypnotic modulation of flow-mediated endothelial response to mental stress. In: International Journal of Psychophysiology. 2005 ; Vol. 55, No. 2. pp. 221-227.
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