Activate Now
ProHealth fibromyalgia Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help

Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Do You Have These Fibromyalgia Symptoms of Systemic Dysfunction?

Fibromyalgia – The Savella Story

Meet Devin Starlanyl: Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain Expert

Which Infection Causes CFS & Fibromyalgia?

The "Mind Diet" Reduces the Risk Of Alzheimer’s Dementia. Might It Also Help the Brain Fog Found Wit...

Need Help with Pain Management? There's an App for That

Simplifying Nutritional Support in CFS & Fibromyalgia

6 Reasons Why Trigger Point Injections Aren't Helping Your Fibromyalgia

How Multiple Chronic Illnesses Shaped One Woman Into a Patient Advocate

VIDEO: Fibromyalgia & Your Stress-Coping Savings Account

Print Page
Email Article

ME/CFS cognitive impairment linked to reduced vagus nerve control of heart rate

  [ 11 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • November 15, 2012

Reduced Cardiac Vagal Modulation Impacts on Cognitive Performance in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Source: PloS ONE, Nov 14, 2012

By Alison Beaumont, Ute Vollmer-Conna, et al.

[Note: the full text of this free access article, linking reduced heart rate responsiveness to cognitive impairment in CFS, is available HERE.]

Background: Cognitive difficulties and autonomic dysfunction have been reported separately in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). A role for heart rate variability (HRV) in cognitive flexibility has been demonstrated in healthy individuals, but this relationship has not as yet been examined in CFS. The objective of this study was to examine the relationship between HRV and cognitive performance in patients with CFS.

Methods: Participants were 30 patients with CFS and 40 healthy controls; the groups were matched for age, sex, education, body mass index, and hours of moderate exercise/week. Questionnaires were used to obtain relevant medical and demographic information, and assess current symptoms and functional impairment. Electrocardiograms, perceived fatigue/effort and performance data were recorded during cognitive tasks. Between-group differences in autonomic reactivity and associations with cognitive performance were analysed.

Results: Patients with CFS showed no deficits in performance accuracy, but were significantly slower than healthy controls. CFS was further characterized by low and unresponsive HRV; greater heart rate (HR) reactivity and prolonged HR-recovery after cognitive challenge. Fatigue levels, perceived effort and distress did not affect cognitive performance. HRV was consistently associated with performance indices and significantly predicted variance in cognitive outcomes.

Conclusions: These findings reveal for the first time an association between reduced cardiac vagal tone and cognitive impairment in CFS and confirm previous reports of diminished vagal activity.

Source: PloS One, Nov 14, 2012. By Beaumont Alison, Burton AR, Lemon J, Bennett BK, Lloyd A, vollmer-Conna U. School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney; Department of Medical Oncology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney; Inflammation and Infection Research Centre, School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. [E-mail:]

Please Discuss This Article:   Post a Comment 

[ Be the first to comment on this article ]

Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia & Lyme Disease treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

Vitamins and Supplements for Fibromyalgia Support

Featured Products

Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™ Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™
The B-12 your brain needs for detox & sharpness
FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health
Fibro Freedom™ Fibro Freedom™
Soothes, strengthens & revitalizes

Natural Remedies

The Fast-Acting Solution for Healthy Digestive Function The Fast-Acting Solution for Healthy Digestive Function
Why Berries Offer a Rainbow of Health Benefits Why Berries Offer a Rainbow of Health Benefits
How I Found My Long-Lost Energy How I Found My Long-Lost Energy
Astaxanthin - A Little-Known but Power-Packed Nutrient Astaxanthin - A Little-Known but Power-Packed Nutrient
Natural Relief for Soreness, Pain and Swelling – Putting Out the Fire

What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Causes
Fibromyalgia Treatments
Fibromyalgia Diet
Fibromyalgia Medications
M.E. & CFS
What is M.E./CFS?
M.E./CFS Diagnosis
M.E./CFS Symptoms
M.E./CFS Causes
M.E./CFS Treatments
M.E./CFS Diet
M.E./CFS Medications
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease Diagnosis
Lyme Disease Symptoms
Lyme Disease Causes
Lyme Disease Treatments
Lyme Disease Diet
Lyme Disease Medications
M.E. & CFS
Lyme Disease
General Health
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing