Power spectral analysis of heart rate and diastolic blood pressure variability in migraine with and without aura

G. Pierangeli, P. Parchi, G. Barletta, M. Chiogna, E. Lugaresi, P. Cortelli

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Abstract

Autonomic function in migraineurs during headache-free periods was studied by means of cardiovascular reflexes and power spectral analysis of heart rate and diastolic blood pressure variability. We examined 56 patients: 37 suffering from migraine without aura and 19 from migraine with aura. Cardiovascular responses to the tilt test and Valsalva manoeuvre showed a normal function of the overall baroreceptor reflex arc. Normal heart rate responses to Valsalva manoeuvre and deep breathing suggested an intact parasympathetic function. Power spectral analysis of both heart rate and diastolic blood pressure variability in basal conditions and during orthostatic test showed similar sympathovagal interactions modulating cardiovascular control in migraine patients and in controls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)756-760
Number of pages5
JournalCephalalgia
Volume17
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Keywords

  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Heart rate variability
  • Migraine with aura
  • Migraine without aura
  • Spectral analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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