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Cardiac parasympathetic function

Ziv Bell, Tiffany Shader, Carolyn Webster-Stratton, M Jamila Reid, Theodore P Beauchaine
Abnormal patterns of sympathetic- and parasympathetic- linked cardiac activity and reactivity are observed among externalizing children, and mark deficiencies in central nervous system regulation of behavior and emotion. Although changes in these biomarkers have been observed following treatment, mechanisms remain unexplored. We used MEMORE-a new approach to analyzing intervening variable effects-to evaluate improvements in parenting as mediators of changes in SNS- and PNS-linked cardiac activity and reactivity among 99 preschoolers with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder who were treated using an empirically supported intervention...
2018: Clinical Psychological Science
Yeonsik Noh, Hugo F Posada-Quintero, Yan Bai, Joseph White, John P Florian, Peter R Brink, Ki H Chon
Prolonged and high pressure diving may lead to various physiological changes including significant alterations of autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity that may be associated with altered physical performance, decompression sickness, or central nervous system oxygen toxicity. Ideally, researchers could elucidate ANS function before, during, and after dives that are most associated with altered function and adverse outcomes. However, we have a limited understanding of the activities of the ANS especially during deeper prolonged SCUBA diving because there has never been a convenient way to collect physiological data during deep dives...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Diana A Monteiro, Edwin W Taylor, Marina R Sartori, André L Cruz, Francisco T Rantin, Cleo A C Leite
The present study has revealed that the lungfish has both structural and functional features of its system for physiological control of heart rate, previously considered solely mammalian, that together generate variability (HRV). Ultrastructural and electrophysiological investigation revealed that the nerves connecting the brain to the heart are myelinated, conferring rapid conduction velocities, comparable to mammalian fibers that generate instantaneous changes in heart rate at the onset of each air breath...
February 2018: Science Advances
Kotb Abbass Metwalley, Sherifa Ahmed Hamed, Hekma Saad Farghaly
Cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN) is a major complication of type 1 diabetes (T1D). This study aimed to evaluate cardiac autonomic nervous system (ANS) function in children with T1D and its relation to different demographic, clinical and laboratory variable. This cross-sectional study included 60 children with T1D (mean age = 15.1 ± 3.3 years; duration of diabetes = 7.95 ± 3.83 years). The following 8 non-invasive autonomic testing were used for evaluation: heart rate at rest and in response to active standing (30:15 ratio), deep breathing and Valsalva maneuver (indicating parasympathetic function); blood pressure response to standing (orthostatic hypotension or OH), sustained handgrip and cold; and heart rate response to standing or positional orthostatic tachycardia syndrome or POTs (indicating sympathetic function)...
March 2, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
Heidi L Lujan, Anne Tonson, Robert W Wiseman, Stephen E DiCarlo
Spinal cord injury (SCI) resulting in tetraplegia is a devastating, life-changing insult causing paralysis and sensory impairment as well as distinct autonomic dysfunction that triggers compromised cardiovascular, bowel, bladder and sexual activity. Life becomes a battle for independence as even routine bodily functions and the smallest activity of daily living become a major challenge. Accordingly, there is a critical need for a chronic pre-clinical model of tetraplegia. This report addresses this critical need by comparing, for the first time, resting, reflex and stress-induced cardiovascular, autonomic and hormonal responses each week for 4 weeks in 12 sham-operated intact rats and 12 rats with chronic, complete C6-7 spinal cord transection...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
Shital Gupta, Rita Khadka, Dilip Thakur, Robin Maskey, K D Mehta, B H H Paudel
INTRODUCTION: Thyroid hormone effects on many organs including central and peripheral nervous systems. However, these hormones do not affect all systems/organs to a similar extent. Thus, we conducted this study to explore the effect of thyroid hormones on somatic nervous system assessed by Nerve conduction study and cardiac autonomic activity assessed by heart rate variability. METHODS: The study included newly diagnosed hypothyroid patients and healthy controls...
October 2017: JNMA; Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
Daniel Aranha Cabral, Kell Grandjean da Costa, Alexandre Hideki Okano, Hassan Mohamed Elsangedy, Vanessa Paula Rachetti, Eduardo Bodnariuc Fontes
The abusive use of alcohol has shown to be associated to cerebral damage, impaired cognition, poor autonomic nervous control, impaired cardiovascular health, increased levels of stress and anxiety, depression symptoms and poor quality of life. Aerobic exercise has shown to be an efficient tool to reduce and overcome these issues. In this case report, a patient (forty-four years old, male) under treatment in public psychiatric hospital, classified as having a substance use disorder, underwent a three-month running program...
December 2017: Addictive Behaviors Reports
Luiz Fernando Veríssimo, Vinicius Lucca Volpini, Viviane Batista Estrada, Natália Kimie Matsubara, Marcus Vinicius Gomes, Leonardo Barbosa Moraes Resstel, Fernando Morgan Aguiar Correa, Gislaine Garcia Pelosi
Considering depression is three times more common in cardiac patients compared to the normal population and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) as drug of choice for treating patients with cardiovascular disease and depression, our work aims to evaluate the cardiovascular effects of treatment for 21 days with escitalopram (5 mg/kg/day, ip) in rats. The treatment caused an increase in mean arterial pressure concomitant with a decrease in heart rate. Concerning heart rate variability, there was a significant reduction in the sympathetic component and an elevation of the parasympathetic component, indicating that escitalopram caused an autonomic imbalance with parasympathetic predominance...
April 5, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Verena Zimmermann-Schlegel, Beate Wild, Peter Nawroth, Stefan Kopf, Wolfgang Herzog, Mechthild Hartmann
OBJECTIVES: To explore the impact of depression on heart rate (HR) and heart rate variability (HRV) as a marker of autonomic nervous system (ANS) impairment in depressed and non-depressed patients with advanced type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and to explore possible effects of an acceptance- and mindfulness-based group intervention (MBSR) on HR and HRV. METHODS: Alongside a prospective clinical trial, we collected demographic, psychosocial and clinical data from 113 chronic T2DM patients in a standardized setting...
February 8, 2018: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
Silja Barbara Burkhard, Jeroen Bakkers
Development of specialized cells and structures in the heart is regulated by spatially-restricted molecular pathways. Disruptions in these pathways can cause severe congenital cardiac malformations or functional defects. To better understand these pathways and how they regulate cardiac development we used tomo-seq, combining high-throughput RNA-sequencing with tissue-sectioning, to establish a genome-wide expression dataset with high spatial resolution for the developing zebrafish heart. Analysis of the dataset revealed over 1100 genes differentially expressed in sub-compartments...
February 5, 2018: ELife
Monika Zawadka-Kunikowskaa, Krzysztof Słomiński, Joanna Słomko, Małgorzata Tafil-Klawe, Jacek J Klawe, Łukasz Sokołowski, Julia L Newton, Paweł Zalewski
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to comprehensively determine haemodynamic and autonomic responses during-head up tilt test (HUT) in the acute and recovery phase of ischemic stroke. METHODS: Cardiovascular parameters, baroreflex sensitivity (BRS), spectral- indices of heart rate (HRV), systolic (sBPV) and diastolic blood pressure variability (dBPV) were measured at rest in ischaemic stroke patients (n=17) and control group (n=34). Dynamic cardiac autonomic function was assessed using HUT (Delta [rest-tilt]...
February 1, 2018: Minerva Cardioangiologica
Konstanze Plaschke, Thuc Quyen Monica Do, Florian Uhle, Thorsten Brenner, Markus A Weigand, Jürgen Kopitz
Acetylcholine is the main transmitter of the parasympathetic vagus nerve. According to the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway (CAP) concept, acetylcholine has been shown to be important for signal transmission within the immune system and also for a variety of other functions throughout the organism. The spleen is thought to play an important role in regulating the CAP. In contrast, the existence of a "non-neuronal cardiac cholinergic system" that influences cardiac innervation during inflammation has been hypothesized, with recent publications introducing the heart instead of the spleen as a possible interface between the immune and nervous systems...
February 1, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Mohammed A El-Lakany, Mohamed A Fouda, Hanan M El-Gowelli, Sahar M El-Gowilly, Mahmoud M El-Mas
The male gender is more vulnerable to immunological complications of sepsis. Here, we tested the hypotheses that female rats are protected against endotoxemia-evoked hypotension and cardiac autonomic dysfunction, and that gonadal hormone receptors account for such protection. Changes in blood pressure, heart rate, and cardiac sympathovagal balance caused by i.v. lipopolysaccharide (LPS) were determined. In male rats, LPS elevated serum TNFα together with falls in blood pressure and rises in heart rate. The spectral index of cardiac sympathovagal balance (low-frequency/high-frequency ratio, LF/HF) was reduced by LPS, suggesting an enhanced parasympathetic dominance...
January 27, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Rayane Brinck Teixeira, Alexsandra Zimmer, Alexandre Luz de Castro, Cristina Campos Carraro, Karina Rabello Casali, Ingrid Gonçalves Machuca Dias, Alessandra Eifler Guerra Godoy, Isnard Elman Litvin, Adriane Belló-Klein, Alex Sander da Rosa Araujo
AIMS: This study aimed to investigate whether beneficial effects of thyroid hormones are comparable to those provided by the aerobic exercise training, to verify its applicability as a therapeutic alternative to reverse the pathological cardiac remodeling post-infarction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Male rats were divided into SHAM-operated (SHAM), myocardial infarction (MI), MI subjected to exercise training (MIE), and MI who received T3 and T4 treatment (MIH) (n = 8/group)...
January 20, 2018: Life Sciences
Moacir Marocolo, Julio A Silva-Neto, Octávio Barbosa Neto
Anabolic androgenic steroids are a class of synthetic compounds derived from testosterone, eventually used by athletes, to improve physical performance. However, anabolic steroids can also modify normal cardiovascular function. Thus, we investigated cardiac electrophysiological and autonomic abnormalities in rats, through a electrocardiographic variability protocol during and after interruption of administration of nandrolone decanoate (DECA)anabolic steroid. Twenty male Wistar rats (60-70 days old) received DECA (10 mg...
January 20, 2018: Steroids
Konstantinos E Hatzistergos, Zhijie Jiang, Krystalenia Valasaki, Lauro M Takeuchi, Wayne Balkan, Preethi Atluri, Dieter Saur, Barbara Seidler, Nicholas Tsinoremas, Darcy DiFede, Joshua M Hare
Microgravity-induced alterations in the autonomic nervous system (ANS) contribute to derangements in both the mechanical and electrophysiologic function of the cardiovascular system, leading to severe symptoms in humans following space travel. Because the ANS forms embryonically from neural crest progenitors (NCs), we hypothesized that microgravity can impair NC derived cardiac structures. Accordingly, we conducted in vitro simulated microgravity experiments employing NC genetic lineage-tracing in mice with cKitCreERT2/+, Isl1nLacZ and Wnt1-Cre reporter alleles...
January 16, 2018: Stem Cells and Development
YuJaung Kim, Eduardo Bravo, Caitlin K Thirnbeck, Lori A Smith-Mellecker, Se Hee Kim, Brian K Gehlbach, Linda C Laux, Douglas R Nordli, George B Richerson
Dravet syndrome (DS) is a severe childhood-onset epilepsy commonly due to mutations of the sodium channel gene SCN1A. DS patients have a high risk of sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP), believed to be due to cardiac mechanisms. Here we show that DS patients have peri-ictal respiratory dysfunction. One patient who had severe and prolonged postictal hypoventilation later died of SUDEP. Mice with an Scn1aR1407X/+ loss of function mutation died after spontaneous and heat-induced seizures due to central apnea followed by progressive bradycardia...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Catherine Masiel Merejo Peña, Michel Silva Reis, Basílio de Bragança Pereira, Emília Matos do Nascimento, Roberto Coury Pedrosa
BACKGROUND: It has been difficult to prove that "catecholamine-induced cardiomyopathy" contributes to the mechanism of sudden cardiac death in Chagas heart disease. Also, it is almost impossible to rule out the possibility that it is not involved in the process. More importantly, the vagal-cholinergic pathway in the ventricle plays a direct role in the prevention of the initiation of complex ventricular arrhythmias, including nonsustained ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation responsible for sudden death...
January 5, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Lu Pan, Shaowei Wu, Hongyu Li, Junhui Xu, Wei Dong, Jiao Shan, Xuan Yang, Yahong Chen, Masayuki Shima, Furong Deng, Xinbiao Guo
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have reported adverse health effects of indoor air pollutants especially particulate matter (PM) and black carbon (BC). Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have been shown to be more likely with cardiovascular comorbidities in which cardiac autonomic dysfunction plays an important role. However, there is little evidence for the effect of indoor PM and BC exposures on cardiac autonomic function in COPD patients. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the association between exposure to indoor size-fractioned PM and BC and changes in HRV and HR in COPD patients...
January 3, 2018: Environment International
Lorenzo A DiCarlo, Imad Libbus, H Uday Kumar, Sanjay Mittal, Rajendra K Premchand, Badri Amurthur, Bruce H KenKnight, Jeffrey L Ardell, Inder S Anand
BACKGROUND: Approximately half of the patients presenting with new-onset heart failure (HF) have HF with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (HFpEF) and HF with mid-range left ventricular ejection fraction (HFmrEF). These patients have neurohormonal activation like that of HF with reduced ejection fraction; however, beta-blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors have not been shown to improve their outcomes, and current treatment for these patients is symptom based and empiric...
December 28, 2017: ESC Heart Failure
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