Ambulatory monitoring of blood pressure and heart rate in panic patients

M. Katherine Shear, J. Jonathan Polan, Gregory Harshfield, Thomas Pickering, J. John Mann, Allen Frances, Gary James

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Twenty-two panic patients wore ambulatory blood pressure and heart rate monitoring devices for a 12- to 24-hour period. Six patients had a total of 11 full-blown panic episodes while wearing the monitor. All patients had periods of anxiety. Statistically but not clinically significant blood pressure elevation occurred during panic episodes compared to both anxious and non-anxious awake periods. Blood pressure was also significantly higher during anxious than non-anxious times. Overall, however, panic patients tended to have low blood pressure with only moderate increases during symptomatic periods. These results are similar to other ambulatory monitoring studies in suggesting that Panic Disorder is not associated with persistent autonomic activation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-221
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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