Heart Rate Variability in Patients with Allergic Rhinitis

We found relatively few studies that examined the association between Heart rate variability parameters and allergic diseases

Mehmet Yokusoglu; Sami Ozturk; Mehmet Uzun; Oben Baysan; Sait Demirkol; Zafer Caliskaner; Rusen Dundaroz; Cemal Sag; Mehmet Karaayvaz; Ersoy Isik


Scholarcy highlights

  • It has been found that the central nervous system plays an important role in symptoms of hypersensitivity reactions; the exact mechanism remains to be elucidated. Sneezing, itching, gastrointestinal disorders, and excessive secretions are some of these symptoms
  • The diagnosis of allergic rhinitis was based on history, symptoms, and results of skin prick tests performed by an allergologist
  • This study showed that Heart rate variability was increased in patients with allergic rhinitis
  • The increase in HRV parameters that mainly reflect vagal tone suggests that vagal tone is more prominent in such patients
  • This finding implies that vagal activation may play an important role in pathophysiological processes in such patients
  • The changes in HRV could not be predicted most of the time, and individual research is needed in various clinical situations
  • The Heart rate variability is decreased with higher heart rates, which is very common for both child populations and ␤-adrenergic agent-treated patients

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