Spontaneous baroreflex sensitivity: From the cardiovascular laboratory to patient's bedside

Gianfranco Parati, Marco Di Rienzo, Paolo Castiglioni, Alessandra Villani, Elena Tortorici, Giuseppe Mancia

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Abstract

The sensitivity of the baroreceptor-heart rate reflex has been suggested to have a prognostic value in a number of diseases. In particular, mortality after myocardial infarction, in heart failure patients and in diabetic patients seems to be inversely related to the sensitivity of cardiac baroreflex modulation. These data were obtained, however, by means of traditional laboratory tests, which are affected by important limitations. A deeper insight into the features of daily life baroreflex cardiovascular control can now be obtained by techniques which allow spontaneous baroreflex sensitivity to be assessed in daily life conditions, without need of any intervention on the patient. The various methods currently available to assess spontaneous baroreflex sensitivity are hereby discussed, focusing on the similarities and differences between them and with the traditional laboratory approaches. In particular, the characteristic features and the possible clinical usefulness of the sequence method will be discussed more in details.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Pages219-240
Number of pages22
Volume35
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Event3rd International Workshop on Computer Analysis of Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Signals - Florence, Italy
Duration: May 1 1995May 1 1995

Other

Other3rd International Workshop on Computer Analysis of Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Signals
CountryItaly
CityFlorence
Period5/1/955/1/95

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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