The relationships among heart rate variability, executive functions, and clinical variables in patients with panic disorder.

@article{Hovland2012TheRA,
  title={The relationships among heart rate variability, executive functions, and clinical variables in patients with panic disorder.},
  author={Anders Hovland and St{\aa}le Pallesen and {\AA}sa Hammar and Anita Lill Hansen and Julian F. Thayer and Mika P. Tarvainen and Inger Hilde Nordhus},
  journal={International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology},
  year={2012},
  volume={86 3},
  pages={269-75}
}
Heart rate variability (HRV) is reduced in patients who suffer from panic disorder (PD). Reduced HRV is related to hypoactivity in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), which negatively affects executive functioning. The present study assessed the relationships between vagally mediated HRV at baseline and measures of executive functioning in 36 patients with PD. Associations between these physiological and cognitive measures and panic-related variables were also investigated. HRV was measured using HF… CONTINUE READING
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