Appropriate coping methods must be utilized to deal with stressors. While hypertension may reduce an individual's appropriate emotional recognition, we believe that this may have a blanket affect on other areas of appraisal including risk behavior. In the current study resting systolic blood pressure was recorded using a calibrated GE Dinamap Pro 100v2. A modified Youth Risk Behavior Survey in 88 young adults assessed risk behavior score. Men had marginally higher risk scores (.461 +/- .0255) than women (.400 +/- .01836; p=.059). Risk behavior was positively correlated with systolic blood pressure (r(88)=.358, p<.001). Risk taking behaviors approached significance in males (r(88)=-.203, p<.058). The results indicate young adults who may be at risk for hypertension later in life partake in more risk taking behavior suggesting that cardiovascular dysfunction can reduce threat appraisal not allowing the individual to realize the extent of danger certain actions or situations can cause.
Nathan, A.; Lansinger, D.; Hayden, G.; McDermott, K.; Newman, A.; Quakernbush, J.; and McCubbin, J., "Systolic blood pressure and effects on threat appraisal and risk behavior" (2014). Focus on Creative Inquiry. 22.