Anxiety Disorders are Associated with Reduced Heart Rate Variability: A Meta-Analysis

@inproceedings{Chalmers2014AnxietyDA,
  title={Anxiety Disorders are Associated with Reduced Heart Rate Variability: A Meta-Analysis},
  author={John Alexander Chalmers and Daniel S Quintana and Maree J Abbott and Andrew Haddon Kemp},
  booktitle={Front. Psychiatry},
  year={2014}
}
BACKGROUND Anxiety disorders increase risk of future cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mortality, even after controlling for confounds including smoking, lifestyle, and socioeconomic status, and irrespective of a history of medical disorders. While impaired vagal function, indicated by reductions in heart rate variability (HRV), may be one mechanism linking anxiety disorders to CVD, prior studies have reported inconsistent findings highlighting the need for meta-analysis. METHOD Studies… CONTINUE READING

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