HRV - Messung, Analyse und Auswertung der Herzratenvariabilität

HRV: Science and history

HRV( Heart Rate Variability): Worldwide recognized gold standard in medicine
and optimal for training control in competitive athletes

To avoid misinterpretation of the various parameters, guidelines for the performance and interpretation of HRV analyses (HRV measurements) were established in 1996 by:

  • Task Force of the European Society of Cardiology
  • North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology

Source: Task Force of the European Society of Cardiology and North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology. Heart rate variability. Standards of measurement, physiologic interpretation, and clinical use. Circulation 1996; 93:1043-1065

Milestones of HRV analysis / ANS analysis:

1891: E. Müller shows lower increase in heart rate on atropine in cardiac patients

1927: Winterberg and Wenkelbach describe respiratory sinus arrhythmia

1965: Hon and Lee describe changes in RR intervals in fetal distress.

1972: Hinkel et al. show increased risk of cardiac death with reduced respiratory sinus arrhythmia

1978: Wolf et al. describe the relationship between HRV and infarct mortality.

1981: (Akselrod et al. 1981): “Spectral analysis of HRV is significant as a non-invasive, quantitative measure of the functionality of cardiovascular control circuits”.

1990: HRV analysis finds its way into clinical cardiology and diabetology

2000: HRV becomes part of risk stratification for sudden cardiac death

2010: HRV analysis is included in the program for national care guidelines in the field of neuropathy in adult-onset diabetes.

2011: HRV analysis is included in the curriculum “Special Pain Medicine and Psychosomatics” of the Hannover Medical School.

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