Heart rate variability analysis for arterial hypertension etiological diagnosis during surgical procedures under tourniquet

Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2011;2011:3776-9. doi: 10.1109/IEMBS.2011.6090645.


Pneumatic tourniquets are widely used to provide a bloodless operative field during upper or lower limb surgery. If tourniquet inflation during general anesthesia is initially a mild stimulus, a long duration of inflation can imply heart rate and blood pressure increasing. However, heart rate or blood pressure increasing can also be caused by other external stimuli. Indeed, in the case of an insufficient analgesia, painful surgical stimuli can also cause an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Therefore, in the case of the use of a tourniquet during surgery, it's very difficult for the anesthesiologist to distinguish hypertension caused by pain from hypertension caused by tourniquet inflation. In such a case, an efficient and reliable hypertension diagnosis could help the anesthesiologist in the medication choice. We have previously developed and evaluated an Analgesia / Nociception Index (ANI) based on the magnitude analysis of the respiratory patterns on the RR series. We hypothesize that the use of such an index could help in the arterial hypertension etiological diagnosis during surgical procedures under tourniquet.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Electrocardiography / methods
  • Heart Rate*
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / diagnosis
  • Hypertension / physiopathology*
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative*
  • Tourniquets*