Metodiche di valutazione del sistema neurovegetativo nell'uomo.

Translated title of the contribution: Methods for assessing the autonomic nervous system in man

F. Lombardi, A. Malliani

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Assessment of baroreflex sensitivity and spectral analysis of heart rate variability are two methods capable of providing relevant information on neural mechanisms controlling heart period and on their alterations during several pathophysiological conditions such as coronary artery disease and cardiac insufficiency. These techniques provide complementary information: the former is based on a stimulus-response model which has in the activation of vagal fibers directed to the heart its main efferent component; the latter, by quantifying the spontaneous harmonic oscillations of heart period, furnishes indices of sympathetic and vagal modulation of sinus node.

Translated title of the contributionMethods for assessing the autonomic nervous system in man
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)209-213
Number of pages5
Issue number12 Suppl 1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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