Heart rate variability responses to skin incision in 0.8 MAC sevoflurane anaesthesia

Ilkka Korhonen, Elina Seitsonen, Mark van Gils, Kari Korttila, Arvi Yli-Hankala

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Assessment of nociception under anaesthesia is challenging. Heart rate and heart rate variability (HRV) are related to functioning of the autonomous nervous system and have been reported to provide information about the level of anaesthesia. We evaluated whether HRV may be used as an index for analgesia by studying responses to skin incision under sevoflurane anaesthesia. We found that heart rate and HRV change differently for sub- and supramaximal nociception. This suggests that HRV may provide valuable information about level of analgesia during anaesthesia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-241
JournalInternational Journal of Bioelectromagnetism
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed
EventXXX International Congress on Electrocardiology, Helsinki, 11.-14.06.2003: Midnight Sun Symposium - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 11 Jun 200314 Jun 2003

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