Journal of Neurology

, Volume 235, Issue 2, pp 65–68

Measurement of blood pressure and heart-rate variation while resting supine and standing for the evaluation of autonomic dysfunction


  • Yoshiyuki Kuroiwa
    • Department of NeurologyIwate Medical University
  • Tomoko Wada
    • Department of NeurologyIwate Medical University
  • Hideo Tohgi
    • Department of NeurologyIwate Medical University
Original Investigations

DOI: 10.1007/BF00718011

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Kuroiwa, Y., Wada, T. & Tohgi, H. J Neurol (1987) 235: 65. doi:10.1007/BF00718011


Blood pressure and R-R interval variation were studied during postural changes using a tilting table. The subjects were 64 normal controls and 52 patients with various disorders. None of the normal controls showed postural falls of more than 15 mm Hg in mean blood pressure. The mean loge coefficient of variation of 100 R-R intervals was significantly reduced in groups with Parkinson's disease, spinocerebellar degeneration, Shy-Drager syndrome and diabetes mellitus, compared with a normal control group. Reduced heart-rate variation was frequently associated with sphincter disturbance and orthostatic hypotension.

Key words

Autonomic dysfunctionDiabetes mellitusOrthostatic hypotensionParkinson's diseaseR-R intervals
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