Cardiovascular dystonia in recovered panic patients

J Affect Disord. 1990 Aug;19(4):229-36. doi: 10.1016/0165-0327(90)90099-t.


Resting heart rate, heart rate variability and blood pressure; the heart rate and blood pressure response to standing; and the heart rate response to Valsalva's manoeuvre, have been measured in a group of 12 patients with panic disorder and a group of 12 age- and sex-matched normal subjects. The patients had undergone treatment for their panic attacks with cognitive therapy; all had responded and all had been panic-free for a minimum of 4 months (mean 7.6 months). Mood ratings (BDI, BAI and SSAI) were comparable with established norms. The patients nevertheless had a raised resting systolic blood pressure, a reduced resting heart rate and an abnormal orthostatic response.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anxiety Disorders / physiopathology
  • Anxiety Disorders / therapy*
  • Arousal / physiology*
  • Autonomic Nervous System / physiopathology
  • Blood Pressure / physiology
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Heart Rate / physiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Panic / physiology*
  • Personality Tests
  • Posture / physiology