Heart rate variability in depressive and anxiety disorders

Loss of normal autonomic nervous system control of heart rate and rhythm is an important risk factor for adverse cardiovascular events

Jack M. Gorman; Richard P. Sloan

2002

Scholarcy highlights

  • Loss of normal autonomic nervous system control of heart rate and rhythm is an important risk factor for adverse cardiovascular events
  • Individuals with high hostility scores and patients with anxiety or depressive disorders have low heart rate variability and may be at increased risk for cardiovascular death associated with coronary heart disease and arrhythmias
  • After myocardial infarction, depressed patients exhibit higher mortality rates compared with nondepressed patients
  • There is potential for the treatment of psychiatric disorders to affect positively the development and course of cardiovascular disease.

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