Anxiety and hostility are associated with reduced baroreflex sensitivity and increased beat-to-beat blood pressure variability.

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OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine whether psychological factors are associated with heart rate variability (HRV), blood pressure variability (BPV), and baroreflex sensitivity (BRS) among healthy middle-aged men and women. METHODS A population-based sample of 71 men and 79 women (35-64 years of age) was studied. Five-minute supine… (More)

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@article{Virtanen2003AnxietyAH, title={Anxiety and hostility are associated with reduced baroreflex sensitivity and increased beat-to-beat blood pressure variability.}, author={Raine Virtanen and Antti M. Jula and Jouko K. Salminen and Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki and Hans Y Helenius and Tom Kuusela and Juhani Airaksinen}, journal={Psychosomatic medicine}, year={2003}, volume={65 5}, pages={751-6} }