Heart Rate Is More Variable in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Finds

Heart Rate Is More Variable in Fibromyalgia Patients, Study Finds
People with fibromyalgia have significantly higher variability in the interval between consecutive heartbeats compared to healthy people, study published in the Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine found. Although similar findings have been reported in previous studies, observational differences among them resulted in a lack of consensus. The classical way to analyze heart beat variability was not always able to distinguish differences in the heart rate of people with and without fibromyalgia. The study, titled “Heart rate variability for quantification of autonomic dysfunction in fibromyalgia,” describes a new statistical method of analysis that is able to detect a consistent difference between groups of people with fibromyalgia groups and those in good health. Using this new method, symptoms which are typically assessed subjectively by a questionnaire called COMPASS31 can now be quantified objectively. “[This] is a valuable parameter for autonomic nervous system function and can be used to quantify subjective autonomic symptoms in patients with fibromyalgia,” the researchers wrote. Conducted at the Seoul Medical Center in Korea, the study involved 16 people with fibromyalgia, ages 37 to 60, and 16 age-matched healthy controls. All participants had their heart rate variability measured under normal breathing and rate controlled breathing conditions, with each asked to take six breaths per minute. No significant differences in heart rate variability under either breathing condition were obse
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