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ERIC Number: EJ743036
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-8017
Cardiac Autonomic Control in Individuals With Down Syndrome
Goulopoulou, Styliani; Baynard, Tracy; Collier, Scott; Giannopoulou, Ifigenia; Figueroa, Arturo; Beets, Michael; Pitetti, Kenneth; Fernhall, Bo
American Journal on Mental Retardation, v111 n1 p27-34 Jan 2006
Our goal in this study was to compare cardiac autonomic control at rest between 50 individuals with Down syndrome and 24 control participants without disabilities. Resting autonomic function was assessed using analysis of heart rate variability. Participants with Down syndrome had reduced total heart rate variability, which indicates possible autonomic dysfunction in this population. Their Volume of Oxygen ( VO[subscript 2])peak and Body Mass Index (BMI) were not significantly correlated with resting cardiac autonomic control. This may suggest that fitness level and obesity differentially affect cardiac autonomic control in persons with Down syndrome compared to their healthy, nondisabled peers. [Author abstract altered to comply with ERIC guidelines.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Language: English
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