Decreased heart rate variability in patients with cirrhosis relates to the presence and degree of hepatic encephalopathy.

  title={Decreased heart rate variability in patients with cirrhosis relates to the presence and degree of hepatic encephalopathy.},
  author={Ali R Mani and Sara Montagnese and Clive Douglas Jackson and Christopher Jenkins and Ian M. Head and Robert M. Stephens and Kevin P. Moore and Marsha Yvonne Morgan},
  journal={American journal of physiology. Gastrointestinal and liver physiology},
  volume={296 2},
Heart rate variability (HRV) is reduced in several clinical settings associated with either systemic inflammation or neuropsychiatric impairment. The possibility that the changes in HRV observed in patients with neuropsychiatric impairment might relate to the overproduction of inflammatory cytokines does not seem to have been considered in the studies undertaken to date. HRV is decreased in patients with liver cirrhosis but its relationship to the impairment of neuropsychiatric performance… CONTINUE READING


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