Postictal heart rate oscillations in partial epilepsy

I. C. Al-Aweel, K. B. Krishnamurthy, J. M. Hausdorff, J. E. Mietus, J. R. Ives, A. S. Blum, D. L. Schomer, A. L. Goldberger

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We report postictal heart rate oscillations in a heterogeneous group of patients with partial epilepsy. This pattern is marked by the appearance of transient but prominent low-frequency heart rate oscillations (0.01 to 0.1 Hz) immediately after 5 of 11 seizures recorded in 5 patients. This finding may be a marker of neuroautonomic instability and, therefore, may have implications for understanding perturbations of heart rate control associated with partial seizures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1590-1592
Number of pages3
Issue number7
StatePublished - 22 Oct 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Epilepsy
  • Heart rate variability
  • Seizures


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