Blood Pressure of Fibromyalgia Patients While Standing Linked to Quality of Life, Study Suggests

Blood Pressure of Fibromyalgia Patients While Standing Linked to Quality of Life, Study Suggests
The inability of patients with fibromyalgia to maintain blood pressure in response to stressors like standing is related to a decrease in quality of life and increased pain, a study suggests. Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition characterized by chronic widespread pain. Autonomic function and cardiovascular control have been previously investigated in fibromyalgia. The prior studies have reported findings derived from an analysis of spontaneous fluctuations in the beat-to-beat interval (heart period; HP) and systolic arterial pressure (SAP). There is currently no data on the association between cardiovascular parameters derived from the HP and SAP and the quality of life in fibromyalgia patients. The study, "The degree of cardiac baroreflex involvement during active standing is associated with the quality of life in fibromyalgia patients," was published in the journal Plos One. Researchers sought to evaluate the relationship between quality of life in women with fibromyalgia and parameters of cardiovascular function based on HP and SAP variabilities. The study involved 35 women who had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia between 2013 and 2015. All measurements were taken at specific times (mornings), temperatures (71.5 degrees F) and humidity (40-60 percent) to minimize the impact of circadian rhythms on cardiovascular variables. Quality of life was assessed
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