Time-frequency analysis of the autonomic response to head-up tilt testing in Brugada syndrome
Document typeConference report
PublisherComputing in Cardiology
Rights accessOpen Access
Cardiac events in Brugada syndrome (BS) usually occur at rest and mainly at night-time, commonly relating changes in autonomic modulation to arrhythmogenesis. A major challenge today is to differentiate symptomatic and asymptomatic patients in order to optimize their therapy. Since autonomic assessment can be improved by the application of standard maneuveurs, this study analyzes and compares the autonomic response to head-up tilt (HUT) testing on 20 symptomatic and 45 asymptomatic BS patients. Their standard 12-lead ECG recordings were collected during a HUT test composed of the following three phases: (1) supine rest for 10 minutes, (2) tilting with an inclination of 60º for 45 minutes and (3) supine rest for 10 minutes. Spectral non-stationary heart rate variability indicators were extracted by means of a Smoothed Pseudo Wigner Ville distribution approach that adapts frequency bands to respiratory information. Symptomatic patients showed an increased parasympathetic tone and a reduced sympatho-vagal balance with respect to asymptomatic patients during tilting, and particularly before the 15th minute of the test. The results provide new insights into the autonomic function in BS, with a potential impact on the use of time-reduced HUT testing for risk stratification
CitationCalvo, M., Le Rolle, V., Romero, D., Béhar, N., Gomis, P., Mabo, P., Hernández, A. Time-frequency analysis of the autonomic response to head-up tilt testing in Brugada syndrome. A: Computing in Cardiology. "Computing in Cardiology 2017, volume 44, Rennes, France". Computing in Cardiology, 24/09/2017, p. 204-1-204-4.