Spectral Analysis of Biofeedback Induced Heart Rate Decreases in Sinus Tachycardia

  • Kees H. L. Janssen
  • Rob Beckering
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 114)


Self-control of heart rate has been one of the most extensively studied areas in biofeedback research. Overall, the impression nowadays is that when given exteroceptive feedback of cardiac activity, most subjects can gain control to some extent over their heart rate. In this Chapter, we will first give an outline of the role that respiratory and somatic factors have played in human heart rate feedback research. We will then discuss what impact this has had on the development of heart rate feedback as a tool in clinical practice, and more specifically, its application for sinus tachycardia. Furthermore, background information is given on symptoms, etiology, and conventional therapy of sinus tachycardia. Subsequently we will present some recent findings on application of heart rate feedback for this arrhythmia from our own laboratory. Lastly, we will show how the application of spectral analysis may contribute towards unravelling some of the neuro-physiological mechanisms involved in sinus tachycardia and its treatment with heart rate feedback.


Heart Rate Heart Rate Variability Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia Sinus Tachycardia Heart Rate Change 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kees H. L. Janssen
    • 1
  • Rob Beckering
    • 1
  1. 1.TNO SoesterbergTilburg UniversityThe Netherlands

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