Allergy and high trait anxiety are related to increases in heart rate variability: results of naturalistic long-term design study

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Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University, Gondova 2, 81499 Bratislava, Slovakia


Published online: 10 January 2018
Accepted: 6 September 2017
Received: 22 June 2017


A number of studies report heart rate variability (HRV) changes in allergic as well as high trait anxious people, and associations between allergic inflammation and trait anxiety. This study investigated HRV of 20 low anxious allergic, 19 healthy high trait anxious and 18 healthy low anxious, in naturalistic setting. On arranged research days, subjects performed measurements using portable ECG device and subjective self-assessment of perceived stress. Five repeated measurements data from each subject have shown increases in overall HRV, as well as HRV on respiratory frequencies in both allergy and high trait anxiety. Subject’s sex was an important factor, because HRV increases in allergy were only apparent in women. Data from self-assessment show no differences in experienced stress attributable to allergy, only to trait anxiety.

heart rate variability; allergy; trait anxiety; stress; naturalistic design

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