Modified Sequence Method to Assess Baroreflex Sensitivity in Rats

James Schultz, Elizabeth M. Annoni, Elena G. Tolkacheva

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Abstract

Baroreceptors respond to fluctuations in blood pressure (BP) by modifying physiology in order to maintain a homeostatic set point. Baroreflex sensitivity (BRS) is used to quantify baroreceptor function and is a useful metric for tracking cardiovascular disease state and treatment effects. Pathological conditions such as hypertension (HTN) alter baroreflex function and reduce BRS. Traditionally, the sequence method is used to measure BRS, in which the linear slope of concomitant changes in BP and RR intervals are assessed. However, in rats, a high respiratory rate reduces the reliability of the sequence method. Here, we present a modified sequence method that captures BRS at lower frequencies and decreases the variability of the BRS estimate. This method was demonstrated using ECG and BP data from two groups of HTN rats: Sham rats and rats treated with vagus nerve stimulation. The modified sequence method resulted in lower BRS estimates than the traditional sequence technique when applied to the same data sets. Additionally, the modified sequence method resulted in lower BRS estimate variability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2764-2767
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538636466
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 26 2018
Event40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018 - Honolulu, United States
Duration: Jul 18 2018Jul 21 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
Volume2018-July
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Other

Other40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period7/18/187/21/18

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Schultz, J., Annoni, E. M., & Tolkacheva, E. G. (2018). Modified Sequence Method to Assess Baroreflex Sensitivity in Rats. In 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018 (pp. 2764-2767). [8512734] (Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS; Vol. 2018-July). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2018.8512734