Age-related changes in heart rate including sympathetic and parasympathetic tone

F. Lombardi, A. Malliani, M. Pagani

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Ageing is associated with a significant reduction in heart rate variability. However, when considering the low and high frequency spectral components in normalised units or the low: high frequency ratio, a physiological sympathovagal balance appears to be maintained at rest in the elderly population. On the contrary, ageing appears to be associated with an attenuation of sinus node responsiveness to stimuli capable of modifying sympathetic or vagal modulation of sinus node activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-17
Number of pages4
JournalCardiology in the Elderly
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • ageing
  • heart rate variability
  • spectral analysis
  • sympathetic activity
  • vagal activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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