Cardiovascular Dynamics Following Open Heart Surgery: Early Impairment and Potential for Recovery

  • Robert Bauernschmitt
  • Niels Wessel
  • Hagen Malberg
  • Gernot Brockmann
  • Jürgen Kurths
  • Georg Bretthauer
  • Rüdiger Lange
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


Heart rate variability (HRV) and baroreflex sensitivity (BRS) are severely altered during the postoperative course of patients undergoing cardiovascular surgery. This study was performed to evaluate the response of the autonomic regulation in patients undergoing cardiac surgery with a special emphasis on the potential for recovery.


Heart rate variability Baroreflex sensitivity Cardiac surgery Postoperative autonomic regulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Bauernschmitt
    • 1
  • Niels Wessel
  • Hagen Malberg
  • Gernot Brockmann
  • Jürgen Kurths
  • Georg Bretthauer
  • Rüdiger Lange
  1. 1.Department of Cardiovascular SurgeryGerman Heart CentreGermany

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