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Father's heart beat responds to the birth of his child.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7900507     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We monitored the electrocardiogram of 20 fathers while their child was born. Paternal heart rate rose on average by 53% during delivery from the starting point frequency (72 beats/min.) to the maximum (115 beats/min.) just before the birth of the child. Judging from the heart rate variation, paternal sympathetic activity increased by 25% and vagal tone decreased by 22% during delivery. No derangements in cardiac function were encountered, not even in the man who fainted.
T Kurki; L Toivonen; O Ylikorkala
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica     Volume:  74     ISSN:  0001-6349     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand     Publication Date:  1995 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-04-25     Completed Date:  1995-04-25     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370343     Medline TA:  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  127-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Delivery, Obstetric*
Heart Rate / physiology*
Infant, Newborn
Labor, Obstetric*
Stress, Psychological / diagnosis,  etiology,  physiopathology*

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