Effect of Hyperglycemia on Cardiac Autonomic Function in Type 2 Diabetes

Mika P. Tarvainen, Jukka A. Lipponen, Hayder Al-Aubaidy, Herbert Jelinek

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Heart rate variability (HRV) is reduced in diabetes mellitus (DM) patients, suggesting dysfunction of cardiac autonomic regulation which has been associated with increased risk for cardiac events. In this paper, we examined the associations of blood glucose level (BGL) and duration of diabetes with autonomic nervous system (ANS) function assessed by HRV analysis. Resting HRV and BGL measures of 32 healthy controls and 54 type 2 DM (T2DM) patients were analyzed. HRV data were analyzed using time-domain, frequency-domain and nonlinear methods. HRV parameters showed a clear difference between controls and T2DM patients. BGL correlated negatively with mean RR interval. In addition, a decrease in HRV was observed in hyperglycemia, most clear changes shown in triangular interpolation of RR interval histogram (TINN), root mean square of successive RR interval differences (RMSSD) and Poincaré plot index SD1. Duration of diabetes was clearly associated with decreased HRV, shown by decreases in standard deviation of RR intervals (SDNN), HRV triangular index (HRVi), TINN, LF power and Poincaré plot index SD2. Glycemic values were not associated with disease duration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputing in Cardiology 2012
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 39
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic) 9781467320764
ISBN (Print)9781467320740
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event39th Computing in Cardiology Conference, CinC 2012 - AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland
Duration: 09 Sept 201212 Sept 2012
https://web.archive.org/web/20120719150718/http://www.cinc2012.org/ (Conference website)
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=6414852 (Conference proceedings)


Conference39th Computing in Cardiology Conference, CinC 2012
OtherComputing in Cardiology provides an international forum for scientists and professionals from the fields of medicine, physics, engineering and computer science, and has been held annually since 1974.
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