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Cardiovascular dysautonomia after seizures induced by maximal electroshock in Wistar rats.
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PMID:  22910632     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Cardiac dysfunction is one of the possible causes of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Therefore, it was the objective of this study to evaluate the cardiac and electrocardiographic parameters after seizures induced by maximal electroshock (MES) in Wistar rats. METHODS: Electroshock seizures were induced in Wistar rats through a pair of ear-clip electrodes (10mA at a frequency of 60Hz applied for one second). In vivo electrocardiography (ECG) was performed in awake animals for analysis of heart rate variability (HRV) and cardiac rhythm. Ex vivo the Langendorff technique was used to analyze cardiac function and observe the incidence and severity of reperfusion arrhythmias. RESULTS: Convulsive seizures triggered by MES induced profound abnormalities in cardiac rhythm with serious electrocardiographic changes including ST-elevation, bundle branch block, atrioventricular nodal escape rhythm and premature ventricular contractions. ECG analysis demonstrated a consistent period of postictal bradyarrhythmia resulting in a transiently irregular cardiac rhythm with highly variable and prolonged QRS complexes and RR, PR, QT and QTc intervals. HRV evaluation revealed an increase in the high-frequency range of the power, suggesting an imbalance in the autonomic control of the heart with a postictal enhancement of parasympathetic tone. In addition, we observed in isolated heart a decrease in systolic tone and an increase in the coronary flow, heart rate and incidence/duration of ischemia-reperfusion arrhythmias. CONCLUSION: The present study supports a relationship betweem seizures, cardiac dysfunction and cardiac arrhythmias. This relationship may partially account for the occurrence of SUDEP.
Denis D Damasceno; Anderson J Ferreira; Maria C Doretto; Alvair P Almeida
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seizure : the journal of the British Epilepsy Association     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2688     ISO Abbreviation:  Seizure     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9306979     Medline TA:  Seizure     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 British Epilepsy Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Educational Development, Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Southeast Minas Gerais - Campus Barbacena, MG, Brazil; Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Institute of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil.
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