Study protocol: prediction of stroke associated infections by markers of autonomic control

@inproceedings{Brmer2014StudyPP,
  title={Study protocol: prediction of stroke associated infections by markers of autonomic control},
  author={Dirk Br{\"a}mer and Heike Hoyer and Albrecht Guenther and Samuel Nowack and Frank Martin Brunkhorst and Otto W. Witte and Dirk Hoyer},
  booktitle={BMC neurology},
  year={2014}
}
BACKGROUND Infection is the most important complication after acute stroke. This is substantially based on a stroke-induced immunosuppression. Heart rate variability (HRV) represents the autonomic nervous system activity in connection with stroke-induced immunomodulation and infections. We demonstrated in a feasibility study that HRV indices obtained in patients without acute post-stroke infections can predict infections in the subsequent sub-acute phase. METHODS/DESIGN The study PRED-SEP is… CONTINUE READING
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