einstein (São Paulo). 03/Mar/2015;13(1):27-33.

Are smoking and passive smoking related with heart rate variability in male adolescents?

Renata Melo Gondim, Breno Quintella Farah, Carolina da Franca Bandeira Ferreira Santos, Raphael Mendes Ritti-Dias

DOI: 10.1590/S1679-45082015AO3226

Objective
To analyze the relation between smoking and passive smoking with heart rate variability parameters in male adolescents.
Methods
The sample consisted of 1,152 males, aged 14 and 19 years. Data related to smoking and passive smoking were collected using a questionnaire. RR intervals were obtained by a heart rate monitor, on supine position, for 10 minutes. After collecting the RR intervals, time (standard deviation of all RR intervals, root mean square of the squared differences between adjacent normal RR intervals and the percentage of adjacent intervals over 50ms) and frequency domains (low and high frequency and sympathovagal balance) parameters of heart rate variability were obtained.
Results
No significant differences between smoker and nonsmoker adolescents were observed in heart rate variability parameters (p>0.05). Similarly, heart rate variability parameters did not show significant difference between exposed and not exposed to passive smoking (p>0.05).
Conclusion
Cigarette smoking and passive smoking are not related to heart rate variability in adolescence.

Are smoking and passive smoking related with heart rate variability in male adolescents?

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