Heart rate and posttraumatic stress in injured children.

  title={Heart rate and posttraumatic stress in injured children.},
  author={Nancy Kassam-Adams and J. Felipe Garc{\'i}a-Espa{\~n}a and Joel A. Fein and Flaura K. Winston},
  journal={Archives of general psychiatry},
  volume={62 3},
BACKGROUND Elevated, acute heart rate has been related to later posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) development in injured adults, but this has not been examined in children and adolescents. Better understanding of the relationship between acute physiological arousal and later child PTSD could help elucidate the etiology of posttrauma responses in children and might identify useful markers for PTSD risk. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the relationship between heart rate assessed in the emergency… CONTINUE READING


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