Association between depression and heart rate variability in patients after cardiac surgery: a pilot study.

@article{Patron2012AssociationBD,
  title={Association between depression and heart rate variability in patients after cardiac surgery: a pilot study.},
  author={Elisabetta Patron and Simone Messerotti Benvenuti and Giuseppe Favretto and Carlo Valfr{\'e} and Carlotta Bonf{\`a} and Renata Gasparotto and Daniela Palomba},
  journal={Journal of psychosomatic research},
  year={2012},
  volume={73 1},
  pages={42-6}
}
OBJECTIVE Depression is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Reduced heart rate variability (HRV), which reflects altered autonomic nervous system activity, has been suggested as one of the mechanisms linking depression to cardiovascular diseases. However, the relationship between depression and HRV has not yet been investigated in patients undergone cardiac surgery. Therefore, the main aim of this study was to examine whether postoperative depression could be related to reduced HRV… CONTINUE READING

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