Changes in heart rate variability associated with moderate alcohol consumption

A. Fratini*, P. Bifulco, F. Clemente, M. Sansone, M. Cesarelli

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Abstract

Technological advances have driven some attempt of vital parameters monitoring in adverse environments; these improvements will make possible to monitor cardiac activity also in automotive environments. In this scenario, heart rate changes associated with alcohol consumption, become of great importance to assess the drivers state during time. This paper presents the results of a first set of experiments aimed to discover heart rate variability modification induced by moderate assumption of alcoholic drink (i.e. single draft beer) as that typically occurs in weekend among some people. In the study, twenty subjects were enrolled and for each of them two electrocardiographic recordings were carried out: the first before alcohol ingestion and the second after 25-30 minutes. Each participant remained fasting until the second ECG acquisition was completed. ECG signal were analyzed by typical timedomain, frequency and non linear analysis. Results showed a small increase in LF/HF ratio which reflects a dominance of the sympathetic system over the parasympathetic system, and an increase in signal complexity as proven by non linear analysis. However, the study highlighted the need to monitor HRV starting from alcohol ingestion until its complete metabolization to allow a more precise description of its variation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationXIII Mediterranean Conference on medical and biological engineering and computing 2013
Subtitle of host publicationMEDICON 2013, 25-28 September 2013, Seville, Spain
EditorsLaura M. Roa Romero
Place of PublicationCham (CH)
PublisherSpringer
Pages655-657
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-00846-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-00845-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2014
Event13th Mediterranean Conference on medical and biological engineering and computing 2013 - Seville, Spain
Duration: 25 Sep 201328 Sep 2013

Publication series

NameIFMBE Proceedings
PublisherSpringer
Volume41
ISSN (Print)1680-0737

Conference

Conference13th Mediterranean Conference on medical and biological engineering and computing 2013
Abbreviated titleMEDICON 2013
CountrySpain
CitySeville
Period25/09/1328/09/13

Keywords

  • alcohol consumption
  • electrocardiography
  • heart rate variability

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    Clemente, F., Faiella, G., Rutoli, G., Romano, M., Bifulco, P., Fratini, A. & Cesarelli, M., 31 Dec 2014, XIII Mediterranean Conference on medical and biological engineering and computing 2013: MEDICON 2013, 25-28 September 2013, Seville, Spain. Roa Romero, L. M. (ed.). Cham (CH): Springer, p. 1096-1099 4 p. (IFMBE Proceedings; vol. 41).

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    Fratini, A., Bifulco, P., Clemente, F., Sansone, M., & Cesarelli, M. (2014). Changes in heart rate variability associated with moderate alcohol consumption. In L. M. Roa Romero (Ed.), XIII Mediterranean Conference on medical and biological engineering and computing 2013: MEDICON 2013, 25-28 September 2013, Seville, Spain (pp. 655-657). (IFMBE Proceedings; Vol. 41). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-00846-2_162