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Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A Pilot Study

Overview of attention for article published in Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback, August 2010
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Title
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A Pilot Study
Published in
Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback, August 2010
DOI 10.1007/s10484-010-9141-y
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Gabriel Tan, Tam K. Dao, Lorie Farmer, Roy John Sutherland, Richard Gevirtz

Abstract

Exposure to combat experiences is associated with increased risk of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy have garnered a significant amount of empirical support for PTSD treatment; however, they are not universally effective with some patients continuing to struggle with residual PTSD symptoms. Heart rate variability (HRV) is a measure of the autonomic nervous system functioning and reflects an individual's ability to adaptively cope with stress. A pilot study was undertaken to determine if veterans with PTSD (as measured by the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale and the PTSD Checklist) would show significantly different HRV prior to an intervention at baseline compared to controls; specifically, to determine whether the HRV among veterans with PTSD is more depressed than that among veterans without PTSD. The study also aimed at assessing the feasibility, acceptability, and potential efficacy of providing HRV biofeedback as a treatment for PTSD. The findings suggest that implementing an HRV biofeedback as a treatment for PTSD is effective, feasible, and acceptable for veterans. Veterans with combat-related PTSD displayed significantly depressed HRV as compared to subjects without PTSD. When the veterans with PTSD were randomly assigned to receive either HRV biofeedback plus treatment as usual (TAU) or just TAU, the results indicated that HRV biofeedback significantly increased the HRV while reducing symptoms of PTSD. However, the TAU had no significant effect on either HRV or symptom reduction. A larger randomized control trial to validate these findings appears warranted.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 1%
Germany 2 <1%
Spain 2 <1%
Canada 2 <1%
Poland 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Israel 1 <1%
Norway 1 <1%
Korea, Republic of 1 <1%
Other 5 1%
Unknown 321 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 71 21%
Student > Master 56 16%
Researcher 51 15%
Student > Doctoral Student 38 11%
Student > Bachelor 27 8%
Other 99 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 157 46%
Medicine and Dentistry 57 17%
Unspecified 39 11%
Social Sciences 16 5%
Engineering 15 4%
Other 58 17%

Attention Score in Context

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