Cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction correlates with brain MRI lesion load in MS

  • Saari A
  • Tolonen U
  • Pääkkö E
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Abstract

Objective The aim of the present study was to investigate the cardiovascular autonomic control in clinically definite multiple sclerosis (MS) patients with a standardised battery of cardiovascular tests and to correlate these findings with the brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) lesion load. Methods Fifty-one patients with MS and 50 healthy controls were studied. Brain MRI was performed in all patients showing typical MS lesions. The cardiovascular tests were carried out using a standardised battery. Results Heart rate (HR) responses to deep breathing (P

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  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Multiple sclerosis

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Authors

  • A. Saari

  • U. Tolonen

  • E. Pääkkö

  • K. Suominen

  • J. Pyhtinen

  • K. Sotaniemi

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