Michal Mestanik

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We aimed to study the complexity and time asymmetry of short-term heart rate variability (HRV) as an index of complex neurocardiac control in response to stress using symbolic dynamics and time irreversibility methods. ECG was recorded at rest and during and after two stressors (Stroop, arithmetic test) in 70 healthy students. Symbolic dynamics parameters(More)
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a severe neurodevelopmental disorder in early childhood characterized by impairment in communication and behavior. Recent research is focused on the immune dysregulation as a potential pathomechanism leading to ASD. Thus, we addressed the hypothesis that inflammatory activity might be enhanced in children suffering from(More)
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with complex neurocardiac integrity. We aimed to study heart rate time asymmetry as a nonlinear qualitative feature of heart rate variability indicating complexity of cardiac autonomic control at rest and in response to physiological stress (orthostasis) in children suffering from ADHD. Twenty(More)
We studied a potential impact of chronic psychosocial load on the allostatic biomarkers--cardiac vagal activity, inflammation, and oxidative stress in healthy undergraduate students. Continuous resting ECG signals were monitored in a group of 16 female healthy students (age: 23.2±0.2 years, BMI: 20.9±0.5 kg/m2) at two time periods: right after holiday (rest(More)
Elevated blood pressure (BP) is a major risk factor for atherosclerosis. As the studies concerning vascular alterations in pediatric patients are rare, we aimed to study the relationship between hypertension and arterial stiffness in adolescence by novel method independent from BP during examination. Twenty nonobese adolescent boys (16.5 ± 0.4 years) with(More)
The altered regulation of autonomic response to mental stress can result in increased cardiovascular risk. The laboratory tests used to simulate the autonomic responses to real-life stressors do not necessarily induce generalized sympathetic activation; therefore, the assessment of regulatory outputs to different effector organs could be important. We aimed(More)
Major depressive disorder is associated with abnormal autonomic regulation which could be noninvasively studied using pupillometry. However, the studies in adolescent patients are rare. Therefore, we aimed to study the pupillary light reflex (PLR), which could provide novel important information about dynamic balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic(More)
OBJECTIVE Cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI) as measured using the VaSera device (CAVIVS, Fukuda Denshi), has been proposed as a stiffness index that does not depend on blood pressure. We have recently shown theoretically that CAVIVS still exhibits blood pressure dependence, and proposed the corrected index CAVI0. The present study aims to establish a(More)
Introduction: Go/NoGo continuous performance task (CPT) is a neuropsychological test designed for measurement of attention and impulsivity and very often associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The aim of this study was to provide current view of test with its application in future psychophysiological research and clinical practise.(More)
The reactions of human organism to changes of internal or external environment termed as stress response have been at the center of interest during recent decades. Several theories were designed to describe the regulatory mechanisms which maintain the stability of vital physiological functions under conditions of threat or other environmental challenges.(More)