Life events, risk factors, and coronary disease

Mardi J. Horowitz, Robert Benfari, Stephen Hulley, Steven Blair, William Alvarez, Nemat Borhani, Anne Marie Reynolds, Nathan Simon

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Are high levels of stress from life events correlated with increased levels of smoking, blood pressure, and cholesterol? The authors used a life events questionnaire to determine the level of presumptive stress in a sample of 575 middle-aged men who were initially selected for inclusion in the larger, collaborative Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial (MRFIT). Significant differences in stress levels were found only between smokers and nonsmokers. Therefore, the authors suggest that smoking behavior be included as a variable in studies of the relationship between psychological stress and illness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)586-587
Number of pages2
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1979


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