The Siberian Scientific Medical Journal
№ 6 / 2012 / 22-28

Prognostic criteria for preeclampsia on the data of maternal cardiac rhythm variability

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In order to search for early prognostic criteria of preeclampsia (P) the measures of cardiac rhythm variability (CRV) were explored in 32 pregnants with afterwards P manifestation and 97 healthy women (H) with uncomplicated pregnancy at terms near 20 weeks of gestation. Dynamic characteristics of non-linear CRV (parameter of Detrended Fluctuation Analysis, DFA) were shown to be the most valuable signs for differentiation between P and H against mental (calculation in mind, Cal) and respiratory (deep breathing with a voluntary periodicity, Rsp) loading tests. Prominent DFA changes were found in P with initial autonomic disbalance: increase against parasympathetic prevalence (Cal: +33.6 %, p < 0.001; Rsp: +58.1 %, p < 0.001 in comparison with rest level) and decrease upon sympathetic predominance (Cal: –30.1 %, p < 0.001; Rsp: –8.2 %, p < 0.10). There were no such effects in H group. It has been concluded that changes of non-linear CRV under condition of mental and respiratory loading tests are the relevant criteria for prediction of preeclampsia at pre-clinical stage of its development.

Key words

pregnancy, heart rate variability, loading tests
About Authors (Correspondence):

Kleshchenogov S.А.candidate of medical sciences, senior researcher of the laboratory of physiology, e-mail:

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