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February 11, 2004

Hostility and Impatience as Risk Factors for Hypertension

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(6):692. doi:10.1001/jama.291.6.692-a

To the Editor: Dr Yan and colleagues1 found that that the psychological variables of time urgency/impatience and hostility were associated with an increased 15-year risk of developing hypertension in young adults. However, the authors had previously reported that these data showed that hostility was not related to blood pressure (BP) at 7 years of follow-up, or was perhaps even inversely related.2 Although the current article followed up these individuals for a longer period of time, one would have expected at least a trend in the same direction after 7 years.