Importance Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs in about 8% of pregnant women. Stressful conditions, including PTSD, are inconsistently linked to preterm birth. Psychotropic treatment has been frequently associated with preterm birth.

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Abstract: Objective: The objective was to compare autonomic response to threatening stimuli between patients with panic disorder (PD) and healthy volunteers by using 5-min recordings of heart rate variability (HRV).Methods: Twenty-seven patients with PD and 20 healthy controls were recruited. The first 5-min measurement of HRV was conducted at resting state. HRV measurement during threatening stimuli was conducted while participants were viewing 15 threatening pictures

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