Stress has a significant influence on the function of the human organism. A simple, rapid, inexpensive, and reliable marker for stress would therefore be of great value. We have recently noted that stress increases the state of leukocyte adhesiveness and aggregation in the peripheral blood. We evaluated 64 patients who had various degrees of congestive heart failure, a condition known to induce a state of physiologic stress, to verify whether a relation exists between the intensity of the stress response and the magnitude of leukocyte adhesiveness. Included in the 64 were 53 patients without congestive heart failure, 23 with compensated failure, 22 with significant congestive heart failure, and 19 with florid pulmonary edema. The percentage of aggregated leukocytes in these four group was 6% +/- 4%, 6% +/- 4%, 10.5% +/- 5%, and 15% +/- 14%. Values for the third and fourth group differed in a statistically significant way. Thus, with further investigation into additional stress-inducing conditions, the state of leukocyte adhesion and aggregation may prove to be a reliable marker for the detection of stress and an inexpensive tool for quantifying its severity.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Annals of Global Health|
|State||Published - Sep 1995|