A study of repeated measures of hemodynamics, muscle sympathetic nerve activity and their spectral oscillations

V. K. Somers, P. Van De Borne, N. Montano, M. Pagani, B. Zimmerman

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Abstract

Background: Low-frequency (LF) and high-frequency (HF) components of RR interval (RR) variability are widely used as indirect markers of cardiac autonomic control but their reproducibility is unknown. We determined the intra-class correlation coefficients (ICC) of repeated measures of the mean levels and variability of RR and muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) in 7 normal subjects. We also determined whether spontaneous fluctuations in RR and MSNA over repeated measurements were mirrored by fluctuations in spectral components of these variables. Methods: Twenty minute recordings of respiration, RR, blood pressure (BP) and MSNA were performed at day 1, 1 week, 1 month and 3 months. Comparison between these recordings determined the long-term reliability. Results: The long-term reliability of the variability of RR was comparable to the variability of MSNA (range of ICC: .34 - .52). Spontaneous decreases in RR during the repeated recordings were paralleled by increases in the ratio of low-frequency to high-frequency variability (LF:HF ratio) of RR interval (r=-.43, p

Original languageEnglish
JournalFASEB Journal
Volume11
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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