Influence of left versus right hemibody onset Parkinson's disease on cardiovascular control

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  • Whereas the left hemisphere is involved in regulating the parasympathetic nervous system, the right hemisphere regulates the sympathetic. Given the asymmetrical onset of motor symptoms and neuropathology in PD, differences in cardiovascular functions might be expected between PD patients with left hemibody onset (LHO) versus right hemibody onset (RHO). A total of 66 PD patients served as participants, including 31 LHO patients and 35 RHO PD patients. All participants had their resting heart rate (HR) and blood pressure (BP) recorded. Although the LHO group had lower systolic BP, it had higher resting HR than did the RHO group. The reason for this dissociation is not known but might be related to asymmetrical vagus nerve control of the heart (SA node). Future researchers might want to use additional indices of cardiovascular functioning that are more precise measures of parasympathetic and sympathetic functioning, as well as learn the influence of dopaminergic medications. © 2010 Psychology Press.
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  • Laterality  Journal
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    Author List

  • Foster PS; Drago V; Harrison DW; Skidmore F; Crucian GP; Heilman KM
  • Start Page

  • 164
  • End Page

  • 173
  • Volume

  • 16
  • Issue

  • 2