Cardiovascular reflex responses in cluster headache patients: Basal autonomic alterations

A. Boiardi, C. Paggetta, I. Milanesi, L. Munari, F. Frediani, G. Bussone

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To investigate the involvement of the autonomic nervous system in Cluster Headache (CH) patients, we compared the cardiovascular reflex responses in a group of CH subjects and a group of controls. We considered five tests: 1) deep breathing test (DB); 2) lying to standing test; 3) heart rate response to Valsalva manoeuvre; 4) blood pressure response to standing; 5) blood pressure response to sustained handgrip. Our data confirm an autonomic dysfunction in CH, particularly regarding the parasympathetic system. Alternative interpretations of these results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-574
Number of pages6
JournalFunctional Neurology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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