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:: Volume 18, Issue 1 (4-2010) ::
Journal of Ilam University of Medical Sciences 2010, 18(1): 48-54 Back to browse issues page
Effects of Examination Stress on Plasma Levels of Cortisol And Hypertension
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Introduction: The accomplished studies show that stress can cause changes in biochemical and physiological parameters in healthy people. Materials & Methods: The present study was a cross sectional study conducted on 50 healthy university students selected randomly. Serum and urinary free cortisol was measured by immunoassay a month (control) before the examinations. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS software version 11.5. The significance of differences was considered P<0.05. Findings: The average of systolic blood diastolic blood pressures in the control group were 110.70±9.25 (mmHg), 73±8.97 (mmHg), respectively, while in the case group, 30 minutes prior to the examinations, they were 120.20±11.29 (mmHg), and 77.6±8.76 (mmHg), but immediately after the exams 108.80±9.97 (mmHg), 73.2±6.39 (mmHg). There was a statistical significance between the three groups. Also the average of serum and urinary cortisol concentrations in the control group was 151.83±48.86 ( ), 133.03±47.1 ( ), 30 minutes prior to examination 201.13±62.46 ( ), 175.10±44.99 ( ) and immediately after the examinations 141.48 ±49.25 ( ), 165.98±46.08 ( ) respectively. There was also a statistical significance among the three groups. Discussion &Conclusion: Examination is a potent stressor in students. It causes biochemical and physiological changes such as enhancement of blood pressure, serum and urinary cortisol.
Keywords: examination stress, blood pressure, cortisol hormone
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2011/06/8 | Accepted: 2015/04/8 | Published: 2015/04/8
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Effects of Examination Stress on Plasma Levels of Cortisol And Hypertension. J. Ilam Uni. Med. Sci. 2010; 18 (1) :48-54
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Volume 18, Issue 1 (4-2010) Back to browse issues page
مجله دانشگاه علوم پزشکی ایلام Journal of Ilam University of Medical Sciences
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