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Time Domain Measures Of Heart Rate Variability In Heavy Workers

Author(s): Sangita Mithun | Noorzahan Begum | Sultana Ferdousi | Shelina Begum | Taskina Ali

Journal: Journal of Bangladesh Society of Physiologist
ISSN 1995-1213

Volume: 6;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 77;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: HRV | Sedentary worker | Heavy worker.

Background: Physical inactivity and low resting heart rate variability (HRV) are associated with increased incidence of coronary heart disease. Heavy physical activity is associated with higher heart rate variability and reduces the risk of coronary heart diseaseObjective: To assess some time domain measures of HRV in order to compare Cardiac Autonomic Function between sedentary and heavy workers.Methods: This cross sectional study was carried out in the Department of Physiology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University between 1st July 2008 to 30th June 2009 on 30 apparently healthy heavy workers aged 28-50 years from low socioeconomic condition (study group). For comparison 30 age, sex, BMI and socioeconomic status matched apparently healthy sedentary subjects (group A) were also studied. The study subjects were selected among rickshaw-pullers living in the slum areas nearby BSMMU, Dhaka and the controls were from fourth class employee of BSMMU, Dhaka. Heart Rate Variability were assessed by a Polygraph. Several time domain measures of HRV such as mean R-R interval, mean HR, SDNN, RMSSD were analyzed. For statistical analysis, Independent-Samples t-test, and Pearson’s correlation coefficient tests were done as applicable.Results: Resting mean heart rate (P

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