The Siberian Scientific Medical Journal
№ 3 / 2012 / 96-101

Neuroautonomic risk factors for the labor abnormalities on the data of maternal cardiorhythm variability

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Responsive changes of the heart rate variability (HRV) indices were analyzed in women with normal pregnancy outcome (NP, n = 97) and with the labor abnormalities (LA, n = 137) under mental (calculation in mind) and respiratory (deep breathing with a voluntary periodicity) loading tests. Signifi cant differences were found between NP and LA groups concerning vago-sympathetic index (as a ratio between high and very low HRV spectral components, VSI) and a parameter of detrended fl uctuation analysis (DFA) of maternal cardiac rhythm against respiratory probe in subgroups of women with initially high barorefl ex (HB) and sympathetic (HS) activity: LA (HB): increase of VSI +11 %; NP (HB): decrease of VSI–10 %, p < 0.05; LA (HS): increase of VSI +33 %; NP (HS): decrease of VSI–3 %, p < 0.10). LA (HB): decrease of DFA–7 %; NP (HB): increase of DFA +8 %, p < 0.10; LA (HS): decrease of DFA -10 %; NP (HS): increase of DFA +13 %, p < 0.001). It has been concluded that maternal heart rate variability under condition of respiratory loading test is the valuable criteria for prediction of the labor abnormalities at early gestational terms (in mid-pregnancy).

Key words

labor abnormality, pregnancy, heart rate variability
About Authors (Correspondence):

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

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