Literature Review

Heart Rate Changes to Detect Clinical Seizures

Are heart rate changes clinically useful to detect seizures?



Researchers evaluated 266 clinical seizures from 72 patients to investigate factors other than ECoG/EEG as detectors of clinical seizures. The probability of utilizing heart rate in clinical seizure detection is multifactorial and clinically useful in most cases. The factors influencing cardiac-based seizure detection include:

  • Gender – probability higher for men than women
  • Seizure class – probability is highest for complex partial seizures
  • Years with epilepsy – probability increases with patient’s years with epilepsy.

Osorio I, Manly BF. Probability of detection of clinical seizures using heart rate changes. Seizure. 2015;30:120-123.

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