Are differences in cardiac autonomic function (heart rate and blood pressure) associated with later psychiatric disorders? New study in JAMA Psychiatry

In this longitudinal cohort study of more than 1 million men in Sweden, a higher resting heart rate in late adolescence was associated with an increased risk for subsequent obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders, whereas a lower resting heart rate in late adolescence was associated with an increased risk for substance use disorders and violent criminality. Similar associations were observed with systolic/diastolic blood pressure.

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Latvala A, Kuja-Halkola R, Rück C, D’Onofrio BM, Jernberg T, Almqvist C, Mataix-Cols D, Larsson H, Lichtenstein P. Association of Resting Heart Rate and Blood Pressure in Late Adolescence With Subsequent Mental DisordersA Longitudinal Population Study of More Than 1 Million Men in SwedenJAMA Psychiatry. Published online October 26, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.2717