Effect of kava extract on vagal cardiac control in generalized anxiety disorder: preliminary findings.

@article{Watkins2001EffectOK,
  title={Effect of kava extract on vagal cardiac control in generalized anxiety disorder: preliminary findings.},
  author={Lana L. Watkins and Kathryn M. Connor and Jonathan R. T. Davidson},
  journal={Journal of psychopharmacology},
  year={2001},
  volume={15 4},
  pages={283-6}
}
Anxiety disorders are associated with low vagal control of heart rate and increased risk of cardiac mortality and sudden cardiac death. This study examined whether the herbal anxiolytic, kava, produces improvement in vagal control in generalized anxiety disorder. Before and after treatment with placebo (n = 7) or kava (n = 6), two indices of vagal control were measured under supine conditions using power spectral analysis: baroreflex control of heart rate (BRC) and respiratory sinus arrhythmia… CONTINUE READING
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