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International Journal of Hypertension
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 953094, 7 pages
Research Article

The Impact of Mood and Anxiety Disorders on Incident Hypertension at One Year

1Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre, Research Centre, Hopital du Sacre-Coeur de Montreal, 5400 Boulevard Gouin Ouest, Montréal, QC, Canada H4J 1C5
2Department of Exercise Science, Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC, Canada H4B 1R6
3Centre de Readaptation Jean-Jacques-Gauthier, Hopital du Sacre-Coeur de Montréal, 5400 Boulevard Gouin Ouest, Montréal, QC, Canada H4J 1C5
4Research Centre, Montréal Heart Institute, 5000 rue Belanger, Montréal, QC, Canada H1T 1C8
5Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AL, Canada T2N 1N4
6Department of Psychology, University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), C.P. 8888 succ. Centre-ville, Montréal, QC, Canada H3C 3P8

Received 10 July 2013; Revised 29 October 2013; Accepted 31 October 2013; Published 2 February 2014

Academic Editor: Markus Schlaich

Copyright © 2014 Simon L. Bacon et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Studies assessing the association between psychological factors and hypertension have been equivocal, which may reflect limitations in the assessment of psychological factors. Purpose. To assess the relationship between mood and anxiety disorders, measured using a psychiatric interview, and 1-year incident hypertension. Methods. 197 nonhypertensive individuals undergoing exercise stress testing at baseline provided follow-up data at 1 year. Baseline assessments included a structure psychiatric interview (PRIME-MD), physician diagnosis of hypertension, and measured blood pressure. At follow-up, hypertension status was assessed via self-reported physician diagnosis. Results. Having an anxiety disorder was associated with a 4-fold increase in the risk of developing hypertension (adjusted OR = 4.14, 95% CIs = 1.18–14.56). In contrast, having a mood disorder was not associated with incident hypertension (adjusted OR = 1.21, 95% CIs = 0.24–5.86). Conclusions. There are potential mechanisms which could explain our differential mood and anxiety findings. The impact of screening and treatment of anxiety disorders on hypertension needs to be explored.