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. 2017 Sep;27(9):093933.
doi: 10.1063/1.4999352.

On the Difference of Cardiorespiratory Synchronisation and Coordination


On the Difference of Cardiorespiratory Synchronisation and Coordination

Harald Krause et al. Chaos. .


Cardiorespiratory phase synchronisation (CRS) is a type of cardiorespiratory coupling that manifests through a prediliction for heart beats to occur at specific points relative to the phase of the respiratory cycle. It has been under investigation for nearly 20 years, and while it seems to be mostly occurring in relaxed states such as deep sleep and anesthesia, no clear clinical implications have been established. Cardiorespiratory coordination (CRC) is a recent development in this field where the relationship between the respiratory onset and heart beat is analysed in the time domain and the possible relationship of each heart beat is considered for both the previous and the next respiratory onset. This ostensibly closely related effect must not only show relevant information content but also do so independent of CRS in order to be relevant for future studies. In this paper, we investigate CRC and its relation to CRS mainly using graphical and statistical methods on two exemplary datasets: measurements from a pregnant woman participating in a preeclampsia study and those from a man suffering from sleep apnea. We show fundamental differences between the results of both approaches and are able to show a formerly unknown dependency between the heart activity and respiratory rate, potentially indicating heartbeat-initiated inspiration. Despite their differences, methods developed for the quantification of CRS can be adapted to CRC. Completing the comparison is an investigation into the relationship between CRC and respiratory sinus arrhythmia. Similar to previous results for CRS, the two effects are found to be orthogonal, meaning that they can be observed independently or in conjunction.

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