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The association between emotional upset and cardiac arrhythmia during daily life.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12795583     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Ventricular arrhythmia exhibits considerable within-subject variability that cannot be attributed to clinical status alone. This investigation examined the extent to which cardiac arrhythmia was associated with psychological and physical factors assessed during the hour preceding arrhythmic or nonarrhythmic activity. Approximately twice hourly, 46 patients randomly completed a diary assessing mood and physical symptoms during 24-hr electrocardiographic monitoring. Greater negative emotion was associated with increased arrhythmia. Additionally, greater negative emotion was significantly associated with increased arrhythmia among participants in a low left ventricular ejection fraction group (LVEF). However, this relationship between negative emotion and arrhythmia was not observed among higher LVEF participants. These findings contribute to a larger body of evidence suggesting that negative moods may exacerbate cardiac conditions.
Robert A Carels; Holly Cacciapaglia; Carlos I Pérez-Benítez; Olivia Douglass; Samantha Christie; William H O'Brien
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of consulting and clinical psychology     Volume:  71     ISSN:  0022-006X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Consult Clin Psychol     Publication Date:  2003 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-06-10     Completed Date:  2003-07-08     Revised Date:  2011-04-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0136553     Medline TA:  J Consult Clin Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  613-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Ohio 43403, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  etiology*
Circadian Rhythm*
Middle Aged
Mood Disorders / psychology*
Random Allocation
Grant Support
R24 HD050959-06/HD/NICHD NIH HHS; R24 HD050959-07/HD/NICHD NIH HHS
Erratum In:
J Consult Clin Psychol. 2003 Aug;71(4):753

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