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Table 4 Means of systolic and diastolic blood pressure* (mmHg) by stressor exposures and psychological distress evaluated by the faces scale (N = 1477)

From: Stressful life events and current psychological distress are associated with self-reported hypertension but not with true hypertension: results from a cross-sectional population-based study

Characteristic   N Systolic BP P Diastolic BP P
Any event No 907 127.4 ± 0.7 0.12 76.9 ± 0.4 0.87
  Yes 570 125.8 ± 0.8   76.8 ± 0.5  
Any death No 1264 127.0 ± 0.6 0.43 76.8 ± 0.3 0.62
  Yes 213 125.8 ± 1.4   77,3 ± 0.8  
Major illness in the family No 1328 127.0 ± 0.6 0.31 76.9 ± 0.3 0.71
  Yes 149 125.2 ± 1.6   76.5 ± 1.0  
Loss of job No 1332 127.0 ± 0.6 0.37 77.0 ± 0.3 0.38
  Yes 145 125.3 ± 1.7   76.0 ± 1.0  
Death in the family No 1477 126.9 ± 0.6 0.53 76.8 ± 0.3 0.50
  Yes 143 125.8 ± 1.7   77.5 ± 1.0  
Divorce No 1387 127.0 ± 0.5 0.19 77.0 ± 0.3 0.25
  Yes 90 124.0 ± 2.2   75.5 ± 1.3  
Severe accident No 1406 127.0 ± 0.5 0.19 76.9 ± 0.3 0.80
  Yes 71 123.7 ± 2.4   76.5 ± 1.4  
Close friend death No 1410 126.8 ± 0.5 0.78 76.8 ± 0.3 0.96
  Yes 67 126.1 ± 2.5   77.0 ± 1.4  
Violence No 1436 126.8 ± 0.5 0.84 76.9 ± 0.3 0.98
  Yes 41 126.2 ± 3.2   76.9 ± 1.8  
Migration No 1443 126.8 ± 0.5 0.92 76.9 ± 0.3 0.74
  Yes 34 117.2 ± 3.5   77.6 ± 2.0  
Death of spouse No 1334 126.9 ± 0.5 0.10 76.9 ± 0.3 0.05
  Yes 14 117.9 ± 5.4   70.6 ± 3.1  
Faces     0.06   0.29
Extremely content   259 130.4 ± 1.2   78.2 ± 0.7  
Very content   455 126.8 ± 0.9   76.4 ± 0.6  
Content   377 125.3 ± 1.0   77.1 ± 0.6  
Neutral   158 125.7 ± 1.6   75.8 ± 0.9  
Discontent   113 126.6 ± 1.9   76.0 ± 1.1  
Very discontent   55 124.0 ± 2.7   75.9 ± 1.6  
Extremely discontent   60 126.6 ± 2.6   78.3 ± 1.5  
  1. Values are mean ± standard error
  2. * adjusted for age