On the fractal nature of heart rate variability in humans: effects of vagal blockade.


The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effects of the vagal blocker atropine on the fractal nature of human heart rate variability (HRV) at rest. Approximately 10-min segments of beat-to-beat heartbeat intervals, i.e., HRV, of 10 normal subjects and 11 cardiac disease patients were measured before and after intravenous injection of 0.5-0.75… (More)