What is it about?

Heart rate variability is a non-invasive method to study the innate regulation of the heart. We investigated whether risk factors for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes in children.

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Why is it important?

We found that children with higher risk for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes also had impaired regulation of the heart compared to children with lower risk factor levels. Our results demonstrated that traditional risk factors cluster with impaired heart health already in children emphasasing early prevention of heart and metabolic diseases.


Excellent collaboration with Dr's Leppänen ja Veijalainen.

Dr. Eero Haapala
University of Jyväskylä

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This page is a summary of: Associations of cardiometabolic risk factors with heart rate variability in 6–8‐year‐old children: the PANIC Study, Pediatric Diabetes, December 2019, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/pedi.12967.
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