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Psychosomatic Medicine


Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins


Acute pain sensitivity is reduced in clinical hypertension, but the precise relationship between pain perception and altered blood pressure control is not well-characterized. A negative correlation between resting blood pressure and pain sensitivity is observed throughout the normotensive range, suggesting links between basic mechanisms of blood pressure control and pain regulation. The opioid peptides are important endogenous analgesic mechanisms, but their role in the hypoalgesia of blood pressure elevations has not been well established. The current study sought to examine the effects of endogenous opioids on blood pressure associated hypoalgesia in young adults at risk for hypertension development.


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