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Power spectrum analysis of heart rate fluctuations and respiratory movements associated with cooling the human skin.
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PMID:  1588004     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A length of respiratory movement and instantaneous heart rate was divided into 32 segments to adopt computerized power spectrum analysis. An array of frequency spectrum across all the segments was then constructed to demonstrate sequential changes in the respiratory rhythm (0.4 Hz), low (less than 0.1 Hz) and high (0.2-0.4 Hz)-frequency components of heart rate fluctuations associated with lowering the skin temperature. A significant increase in the power for the low and high frequency components of heart rate fluctuations accompanying bradycardia occurred by cooling the face to 0 and 10 degrees C, while cooling the foot to 0 degrees C yielded a significant increase and decrease in the power for the former and latter component, respectively, without change in heart rate. The spectral power for respiratory movements was not altered by these stimuli. The maximal change in the power for low- and high-frequency components as well as in the heart rate during cooling the face and foot to 0 degrees C was found to correlate negatively with the relative resting magnitude of the respective parameter in the pre-stimulus period. Similar relationship existed only with the power for low-frequency component of heart rate fluctuations when lowering the temperature of foot to 10 degrees C. The power spectrum array employed in this study thus enabled us to estimate the effectiveness of skin cooling on the three hemodynamic parameters.
T Kunitake; N Ishiko
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the autonomic nervous system     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0165-1838     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Auton. Nerv. Syst.     Publication Date:  1992 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-06-24     Completed Date:  1992-06-24     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003419     Medline TA:  J Auton Nerv Syst     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  45-55     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physiology, Miyazaki Medical College, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Autonomic Nervous System / physiology
Cold Temperature*
Heart Rate / physiology*
Respiratory Mechanics / physiology*
Skin Temperature / physiology*

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