Anger, emotion, and arrhythmias: from brain to heart

Peter Taggart, Mark R. Boyett, Sunil Jit R. J. Logantha, Pier D. Lambiase

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    Strong emotion and mental stress are now recognized as playing a significant role in severe and fatal ventricular arrhythmias. The mechanisms, although incompletely understood, include central processing at the cortical and brain stem level, the autonomic nerves and the electrophysiology of the myocardium. Each of these is usually studied separately by investigators from different disciplines. However, many are regulatory processes which incorporate interactive feedforward and feedback mechanisms. In this review we consider the whole as an integrated interactive brain-heart system.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number67
    Pages (from-to)1-11
    Number of pages11
    JournalFrontiers in Physiology
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2011


    • Anger
    • Brain-heart system
    • Emotion
    • Mental stress


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