Cardiac autonomic function in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: heart rate turbulence analysis


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Avsar A., Onrat E., Evcik D., Celik A., Kilit C., Gunay N. K. , ...More

ANATOLIAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY, vol.11, no.1, pp.11-15, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/akd.2011.002
  • Title of Journal : ANATOLIAN JOURNAL OF CARDIOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.11-15

Abstract

Objective: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic disease. The risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality is high in patients with RA. Heart rate turbulence (HRT) expresses ventriculophasic sinus arrhythmia and has been considered to reflect cardiac autonomic activity. It has been shown that HRT is an independent and powerful predictor of mortality. The aim of this study is to determine if HRT changes in patients with RA in comparison with the healthy controls.