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BACKGROUND Decreased vagal activity after myocardial infarction results in reduced heart-rate variability and increased risk of death. To distinguish between vagal and sympathetic factors that affect heart-rate variability, we used a signal-processing algorithm to separately characterise deceleration and acceleration of heart rate. We postulated that(More)
Three new approaches for the analysis of ventricular repolarisation in 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs) are presented: the spatial and temporal variations in T-wave morphology and the wavefront direction difference between the ventricular depolarisation and repolarisation waves. The spatial variation characterises the morphology differences between(More)
BACKGROUND To examine the relationship between reduced heart rate variability (HRV) and cognitive function in middle-aged adults in the general population. METHODS HRV, in both time and frequency domains, and cognitive functioning were measured twice in 5,375 male and female participants of the UK Whitehall II study (mean ages = 55 and 61 years,(More)
INTRODUCTION QT dispersion (QTd, range of QT intervals in 12 ECG leads) is thought to reflect spatial heterogeneity of ventricular refractoriness. However, QTd may be largely due to projections of the repolarization dipole rather than "nondipolar" signals. METHODS AND RESULTS Seventy-eight normal subjects (47+/-16 years, 23 women), 68 hypertrophic(More)
A multiparametric heart rate variability analysis was performed to prove if combined heart rate variability (HRV) measures of different domains improve the result of risk stratification in patients after myocardial infarction. In this study, standard time domain, frequency domain and non-linear dynamics measures of HRV assessment were applied to 572(More)
The time lag of the QT interval adaptation to heart rate changes (QT/RR hysteresis) was studied in 40 healthy subjects (18 females; mean age, 30.4+/-8.1 yr) with 3 separate daytime (>13 h) 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECG) in each subject. In each recording, 330 individual 10-s ECG segments were measured, including 100 segments preceded by 2 min of heart(More)
Present experience with prospective identification of patients who might benefit from prophylactic antiarrhythmic intervention is restricted to risk stratification using left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). The precision of LVEF-based identification of high risk patients is neither highly sensitive nor highly specific. This study investigated risk(More)
Standard time and frequency parameters of heart rate variability (HRV) describe only linear and periodic behaviour, whereas more complex relationships cannot be recognised. A method that may be capable of assessing more complex properties is the non-linear measure of 'renormalised entropy.' A new concept of the method, RE(AR), has been developed, based on a(More)
AIMS To investigate the combination of heart rate turbulence (HRT) and deceleration capacity (DC) as risk predictors in post-infarction patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) > 30%. METHODS AND RESULTS We enrolled 2343 consecutive survivors of acute myocardial infarction (MI) (<76 years) in sinus rhythm. HRT and DC were obtained from 24 h(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the QT/RR relation in healthy subjects in order to investigate the differences in optimum heart rate correction of the QT interval. METHODS 50 healthy volunteers (25 women, mean age 33.6 (9.5) years, range 19-59 years) took part. Each subject underwent serial 12 lead electrocardiographic monitoring over 24 hours with a 10 second ECG(More)