Published:  1996

Ambulatory assessment of parasympathetic/sympathetic balance by impedance cardiography

Authors:  Eco J. C. de Geus, Lorenz J. P. van Doornen

Tags:  At Risk Populations, Cardiovascular Disorders, Cardiovascular Reactivity, Electrocardiography, Measurement, Parasympathetic Nervous System, Statistical Reliability, Statistical Validity, Sympathetic Nervous System

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reviews our current experience with a recently developed device (VU-AMD [ambulatory monitoring device]) for the ambulatory measurement of the electrocardiogram (EKG) and changes in thoracic impedance (ICG) / with this device simultaneous assessment can be made of HR [heart rate], HR variability (HRV), the pre-ejection period (PEP), left ventricular ejection time (LVET), respiration rate (RR) and respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) / PEP and RSA are currently our best noninvasive tools to assess sympathetic and parasympathetic influences on the heart reliability of the VU-AMD was tested in cross-instrument comparison against the “golden standard” of our laboratory devices / to determine feasibility [and validity] of field measurements, a set of 40 Ss has been measured on a 24-hr basis / as a final step we explored the possibilities of this new technique for research into behaviorally induced cardiovascular pathology / in 2 studies, 24-hr profiles of PEP and RSA were obtained with the VU-AMD in S groups with different risk profiles for cardiovascular disease [presence vs absence of insulin resistance syndrome and exercisers vs non-exercisers] (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved)