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Reduced heart rate variability after right-sided stroke.
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PMID:  8571418     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Recently, asymmetries have been demonstrated in skin sudomotor and vasomotor function after unilateral cerebral lesions. The present study was performed to determine whether other bedside tests reflecting sympathetic and parasympathetic cardiovascular functions would reveal differences with respect to the side of cerebrovascular lesions. METHODS: Heart rate variability during deep breathing as well as blood pressure and heart rate changes during tilt and isometric handgrip was measured in a group of patients with a monofocal stroke and compared with similar data from age-matched patients with transient ischemic attack and healthy control subjects. RESULTS: Compared with left-sided stroke and with the control subjects, stroke location on the right side was associated with a reduced respiratory heart rate variability (P > .01), a reflex mainly under parasympathetic control. In contrast, reflexes mainly reflecting peripheral sympathetic function were equal for right- and left-sided lesions. CONCLUSIONS: Since an imbalance in cardiac autonomic innervation may be crucial for the generation of cardiac arrhythmias and since reduced heart rate variability has been associated with increased mortality, the findings suggest that the risk of sudden death may be correlated with lateralization and location of the brain infarct after stroke.
H K Naver; C Blomstrand; B G Wallin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Stroke; a journal of cerebral circulation     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0039-2499     ISO Abbreviation:  Stroke     Publication Date:  1996 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-03-06     Completed Date:  1996-03-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0235266     Medline TA:  Stroke     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  247-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Blood Pressure
Cerebral Infarction / mortality,  physiopathology
Cerebrovascular Disorders / mortality,  physiopathology*
Death, Sudden
Functional Laterality
Hand / innervation
Heart Rate*
Ischemic Attack, Transient / physiopathology*
Isometric Contraction
Middle Aged
Muscle, Skeletal / innervation
Reference Values
Risk Factors

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