A Link between abnormal heart rhythm, and psychiatric disorder found”
An extremely low or high heart rhythm in young men might be having a psychiatric disorder at a later age can predict. Researchers have found a link between the pace at which the heart beats and problems such as anxiety disorders, addictions and dwangneuroses.
The researchers of the university of Helsinki compared the heart rhythms and blood pressure of more than 1.8 million Swedish soldiers, collected between 1969 and 2010. The data they compared it with documents about the health of the men in 2013.
Men with a higher heart rate than 82 beats per minute were more likely to have an obsessive-compulsive neurosis, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia. A low heart rate less than 62 beats per minute was linked to an increased risk of addictions and criminal behaviour.
The researchers emphasize in JAMA Psychiatry that their findings not be able to keep up with external factors. “These are very complicated diseases. People with a low or high heart rhythm need have nothing to worry about: this is only a small piece of the puzzle.”