The Concept and Clinical Application for the Measurement of Heart Rate Variability

심박동수 변이(Heart Rate Variability) 측정법의 개념과 임상적 활용

  • Woo, Jong-Min (Department of Neuropsychiatry, Seoul Paik Hospital, Inje University School of Medicine)
  • 우종민 (인제대학교 서울백병원 신경정신과학교실)
  • Published : 2004.06.15


In this article, the effects of stress on central nerve system and heart function and the concept of heart rate variability were reviewed. HRV(Heart Rate Variability), the periodical change of the heart rate, is indicated larger in the healthier because they respond flexibly to various sorts of facts influencing on HR. HRV analysis is largely composed of the time domain analysis and the frequency analysis. In the former the flexibility of heart function is analysed, while in the latter autonomic nerve function is examined, which is the degree of sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve activity and the state of balance. Furthermore, existence or nonexistence of disease and/or level of stress can be estimated by measuring the variability and normality of heart rate, and balance of autonomic nerve system, and through HRV biofeedback the symptoms of anxiety disorder or asthma can be reduced.


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