We analyzed the circadian rhythm of heart rate (HR), of simple atrial premature beats (APB) and of simple ventricular premature beats (VPB) in very old subjects undergoing dynamic ECG for 24 h. The 18 subjects under study (11 women and 7 men) were aged 90 or more (mean +/- SD 92.3 +/- 2.3, range 90-98), did not complain of acute cardiac pathologies, were not taking any medication and were synchronized as to time schedules. The mean duration of DECG recording was of 23 h and 54 min. The collection of data concerning the hourly mean of HR (6 ten-sec samples taken every 10 min) and of the number/hour of APB and VPB was carried out manually. A significant rhythm (single cosinor) was detected for heart rate in 14 subjects out of 18 and in the group (population cosinor); it was also detected for APB (9 subjects out of 15) and for VPB (5 subjects out of 15) also by the single cosinor. It was not detected for the group (population cosinor). No significant correlations, either direct or inverted, were revealed between HR and premature beats. We demonstrate therefore that, even in very old subjects, the circadian rhythm of HR still exists as in younger subjects.
|Titolo:||Heart rate and extrasystolic arrhytmias in active subjects aged over 90. A chronobiological study|
SFORZA, CHIARELLA (Secondo)
CARANDENTE, FRANCA (Ultimo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/09 - Medicina Interna|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1986|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|