To verify whether the phenylephrine test (PHE) and spectral analysis (alpha-index) provide similar measures of haroreflex sensitivity in patients with chronic heart failure due to left ventricular dysfunction, we evaluated by both methods a group of 40 pts during rest and controlled breathing (CB). R-R interval (RR), blood pressure (BP) and respiration were recorded in both conditions (600 heart beats), and bivariate spectral analysis was carried out. The alpha-index was measured when the magnitude squared coherence (MSC) between RR variability and systolic BP variability was > 0.5 in the low frequency (αLF) and high frequency (αHF) bands; the mean a was also computed. PHE followed immediately, with at least 3 injections during rest and one during CB. αLF could not be measured during both rest and CB in 40% of pts. The PHE slope could not be found in 7% of pts during rest and in 10% during CB. Regression analysis of the PHE slope vs αLF (r=0.61), α HF (r=0.63) and α(r=0.67) showed a weak correlation during rest. No correlation was found during CB.
|Title of host publication||Computers in Cardiology|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine