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Cardiovascular changes in medical students: Examination stress

Puja Dulloo, Nasser Al-Nazwani, Yassen M Malallah Al-Lawatia.


Background: Functioning capability of normal healthy individual can reduce due to stress which can be observed by the changes in their physiological parameters. Medical students do have huge burden of academic stress during the time of examination. This stress affects their normal physiology which subsequently might lead to pathological changes.

Aims and Objectives: The objectives of the study were to assess the changes in the cardiovascular system in 2nd year medical students of Oman Medical College (OMC) during the state of examination stress.

Materials and Methods: This was a randomized, observational-based study for 100 2nd-year students enrolled in 2013–14 batch for the medical program at OMC, Bawshar campus, Sultanate of Oman. Cardiovascular parameters such as pulse rate, arterial blood pressure were recorded at three stages. 1st, 3 months before the first formative assessment, second a day before the first formative examination, and third a day after examination. Data were collected and analyzed statistically using a paired t-test.

Result: Significant difference (2-tailed

Key words: Examination Stress; Cardiovascular Vital Parameters; Medical Students

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