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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 6 - Stress Disorders and Health Psychology: Stress Experiencing events that we perceive as endangering our physical or psychological well-being. Fight-or-flight response Psychological responses developed through evolution, to prepare the body to fight a threat or to flee from it. Cortisol Major hormone used as a measure of stress. General adaptation syndrome Psychological changes that all organisms show in response to stress. Health psychology Field of psychology that investigates the effects of stress and other psychological factors on physical illness. Coronary heart disease (CHD) Leading cause of death and chronic illness in the U.S.A. Occurs when the blood vessels that supply the heart muscles are narrowed or closed by the gradual buildup of a hard, fatty substance called plaque , blocking the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the heart. Angina pectoris The pain caused by CHD, which radiates across the chest and arm. Myocardial infarction A heart attack, the endpoint of CHD when the oxygen to the heart is completely blocked off. Hypertension High blood pressure, in which the supply of blood through the vessels is excessive, can lead to CHD, kidney failure, and/or strokes....
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course PSYC 3313 taught by Professor Weatherley, during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.
- Spring '08
- Health Psychology