Cardiac rate and rhythm in panic patients

M. K. Shear, P. Kligfield, Gregory A Harshfield, R. B. Devereux, J. J. Polan, J. J. Mann, T. Pickering, A. J. Frances

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Abstract

This study assessed cardiac rate and rhythm by ambulatory monitoring in 23 patients with panic disorder or agoraphobia with panic attacks. The patients had a higher than normal mean daily density of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs), but complex ventricular arrhythmias were uncommon. Heart rate was greater during panic intervals than during asymptomatic periods. The prevalence of arrhythmias within symptomatic intervals was similar during panic, partial panic, and anxiety and was significantly higher than during asymptomatic intervals. However, most panic episodes had no arrhythmias, and arrhythmias during panic intervals were simple VPCs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)633-637
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume144
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

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Panic
Cardiac Arrhythmias
Ventricular Premature Complexes
Panic Disorder
Agoraphobia
Ambulatory Monitoring
Anxiety
Heart Rate

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Shear, M. K., Kligfield, P., Harshfield, G. A., Devereux, R. B., Polan, J. J., Mann, J. J., ... Frances, A. J. (1987). Cardiac rate and rhythm in panic patients. American Journal of Psychiatry, 144(5), 633-637. https://doi.org/10.1176/ajp.144.5.633

Cardiac rate and rhythm in panic patients. / Shear, M. K.; Kligfield, P.; Harshfield, Gregory A; Devereux, R. B.; Polan, J. J.; Mann, J. J.; Pickering, T.; Frances, A. J.

In: American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 144, No. 5, 01.01.1987, p. 633-637.

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Shear, MK, Kligfield, P, Harshfield, GA, Devereux, RB, Polan, JJ, Mann, JJ, Pickering, T & Frances, AJ 1987, 'Cardiac rate and rhythm in panic patients', American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 144, no. 5, pp. 633-637. https://doi.org/10.1176/ajp.144.5.633
Shear MK, Kligfield P, Harshfield GA, Devereux RB, Polan JJ, Mann JJ et al. Cardiac rate and rhythm in panic patients. American Journal of Psychiatry. 1987 Jan 1;144(5):633-637. https://doi.org/10.1176/ajp.144.5.633
Shear, M. K. ; Kligfield, P. ; Harshfield, Gregory A ; Devereux, R. B. ; Polan, J. J. ; Mann, J. J. ; Pickering, T. ; Frances, A. J. / Cardiac rate and rhythm in panic patients. In: American Journal of Psychiatry. 1987 ; Vol. 144, No. 5. pp. 633-637.
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