Volume 11 Supplement 3

Fourth International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine for Latin America

Open Access

Bi-level positive airway pressure produces an increase of sympathetic response in healthy young men

  • CBF Pantoni1,
  • RG Mendes1,
  • MS Reis1,
  • A Borghi-Silva1 and
  • AM Catai1
Critical Care200711(Suppl 3):P72

https://doi.org/10.1186/cc5859

Published: 19 June 2007

Objective

To evaluate healthy young men's heart rate variability with and without noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (NPPV).

Methods

Eleven healthy men (22 ± 2.2 years) were evaluated. The heart rate and R-R intervals (R-Ri) were recorded in a sitting position during spontaneous breathing and NPPV application (600 min each). The NPPV was delivered using a bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) applied via a nasal mask with inspiratory and expiratory levels of 20 and 13 cmH2O, respectively. The heart rate and its variability were analyzed in the time domain by the RMSSD (root mean square of the squares of the differences between successive R-Ri) and SDNN (standard deviation of all R-Ri) indexes of R-Ri (ms); and in the frequency domain by the low-frequency (LF) and high-frequency (HF), in normalized units (nu), and the LF/HF ratio. For statistical analysis, the paired t test was used with a level of significance of 5%.

Results

No significant differences were observed in the time domain between two conditions. In the frequency domain, however, the LF bands presented significant higher values (0.6 ± 0.2 vs 0.8 ± 0.2) and HF bands lower values (0.4 ± 0.2 vs 0.2 ± 0.2) during NPPV compared with spontaneous breathing.

Conclusion

The NPPV application produced autonomic modulation adjustments, with a parasympathetic cardiac activity reduction and a sympathetic increase in healthy male youngsters.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Departamento de Fisioterapia e Núcleo de Pesquisa em Exercício Físico, Universidade Federal de São Carlos

Copyright

© BioMed Central Ltd 2007

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