Written for graduate students and professionals dealing with heart rate variability (HRV), this cutting-edge reference reviews how minute variations in the beat-to-beat heart rate are regulated. It explores how these variations can be used as a window to understanding the central and peripheral mechanisms that modulate the autonomic nervous systems. Explaining how HRV is characterized through simple statistics and frequency analysis in both healthy human subjects and patients with a variety of diseases, the book provides examples for methods that require mathematical techniques. The authors cite a variety of real-life medical situations and offer extensive end-of-chapter references.
- Includes the latest research in HRV
- Clarifies the basic physiology of each experimental study and pathology
- Illustrates real-life situations in which HRV is applied
- Uses examples of HRV to explain all mathematical techniques
- Provides extensive references at the end of each chapter
Table of Contents
- Signal Processing of HRV and computation of power spectra
- Time domain processing of 24 hour data, Methods from nonlinear dynamics
- Effects of Autonomic Electrical and Mechanical Stimulation on the HRV
- HRV during Vasovagal Syncope and Tilt Table testing
- HRV and recording of nerve activity from sympathetic nerve fibres
- HRV in survivors of Pediatric lymphoblastic leukemia
- HRV from depressed pregnant women with SSRI
- HRV and gastroenterology (in IBS, IBD, sham feeding and in liver disease)
- HRV and spinal cord injury. Effects of exercise/training in SCI patients
- HRV in neonatology
- Discussion of controversies of HRV, BRS and non-linear characterization of HR data
Markad V. Kamath, Ph.D., is an associate professor within the department of medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Carlos A Morillo, M.D., is professor of medicine at Hamilton General Hospital in Ontario.
Adrian Upton, M.D. is professor of medicine in the division of neurology at McMaster University Medical Center in Hamilton, Ontario.