Temporal analysis of heart rate variability as a predictor of post traumatic stress disorder in road traffic accidents survivors.

@article{arab2012TemporalAO,
  title={Temporal analysis of heart rate variability as a predictor of post traumatic stress disorder in road traffic accidents survivors.},
  author={Abeer Shaikh al arab and Laurence Gu{\'e}don-Moreau and François Ducrocq and Sylvie Molenda and St{\'e}phane Duhem and Julia Salleron and Isabelle Chaudieu and Dina Bert and Christian Libersa and Guillaume Vaiva},
  journal={Journal of psychiatric research},
  year={2012},
  volume={46 6},
  pages={790-6}
}
BACKGROUND Road Traffic Accidents (RTA) are most probably the leading cause of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in developed countries. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) disturbances, due to psychological trauma, are part of the pathophysiology of PTSD. The aim of the present study was to determine whether early heart rate variability (HRV) measurement, a biomarker of the ANS function, could act as a predictor of PTSD development after a RTA. METHODS We prospectively investigated 35… CONTINUE READING
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