Noninvasive Methods for Studying Rhythmic Nervous Control of Human Circulation

  • A. Lindqvist
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Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 55)


Oscillations of heart rate and skin blood flow were studied during standardized deep breathing, intermittent tilting and thermal stimulations. Deep breathing and intermittent tilting synchronized periodic heart rate variability. Rhythmic warm and cool stimulation of the skin synchronized skin blood flow. Thermal stimulation also affected the periodic heart rate variability. The synchronization may be an integrated central and peripheral function. Normal response at deep breathing frequency suggests normal efferent vagal fibres to the heart. Low-frequency (<0.15 Hz) periodic heart rate variability is affected by sympatho-vagal interactions during rhythmic cardiovascular stimulations and may provide noninvasive means to measure integrated sympathetic and parasympathetic autonomic reactivity.


Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia Skin Blood Flow Deep Breathing Thermal Stimulation Power Spectral Density Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Lindqvist
    • 1
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  1. 1.Cardiorespiratory Research UnitUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  2. 2.Research Institute of Military MedicineCentral Military HospitalHelsinkiFinland

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