Journal article

Heart rate variability measurement in epilepsy: How can we move from research to clinical practice?

Kenneth A Myers, Shobi Sivathamboo, Piero Perucca

EPILEPSIA | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

Our objective was to critically evaluate the literature surrounding heart rate variability (HRV) in people with epilepsy and to make recommendations as to how future research could be directed to facilitate and accelerate integration into clinical practice. We reviewed relevant HRV publications including those involving human subjects with seizures. HRV has been studied in patients with epilepsy for more than 30 years and, overall, patients with epilepsy display altered interictal HRV, suggesting a shift in autonomic balance toward sympathetic dominance. This derangement appears more severe in those with temporal lobe epilepsy and drug-resistant epilepsy. Normal diurnal variation in HRV is a..

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