Gender-specific predictors of functional outcome after stroke rehabilitation: Potential role of the autonomic nervous system

Andrea Bassi, Furio Colivicchi, Massimo Santini, Carlo Caltagirone

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the impact of cardiac autonomic derangement on gender-associated functional outcome of patients with subacute ischemic stroke undergoing a hospital-based rehabilitation program. The study population included 126 consecutive first-ever stroke survivors (mean age 59•7 ± 11•6 years). Time-domain measures of heart rate variability (HRV) by 24-hour Holter monitoring (HM) were considered in all cases. By the end of the rehabilitation program an unfavorable functional outcome with dependency (Barthel Index score of

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-284
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Neurology
Volume63
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2010

Keywords

  • Acute ischemic stroke
  • Cardiac autonomic balance
  • Heart rate variability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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