Age-specific associations between cardiac vagal activity and functional somatic symptoms: a population-based study.

@article{Tak2010AgespecificAB,
  title={Age-specific associations between cardiac vagal activity and functional somatic symptoms: a population-based study.},
  author={Lineke Maria Tak and Karin A M Janssens and Andrea M. Dietrich and Joris P. J. Slaets and Judith G. M. Rosmalen},
  journal={Psychotherapy and psychosomatics},
  year={2010},
  volume={79 3},
  pages={
          179-87
        }
}
BACKGROUND Functional somatic symptoms (FSS) are symptoms not explained by underlying organic pathology. It has frequently been suggested that dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) contributes to the development of FSS. We hypothesized that decreased cardiac vagal activity is cross-sectionally and prospectively associated with the number of FSS in the general population. METHODS This study was performed in a population-based cohort of 774 adults (45.1% male, mean age +/- SD 53.5… CONTINUE READING
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