Abstract| Volume 177, ISSUE 1, P44, August 2013

Heart rate variability biofeedback reduces stress in patients with preterm labour

      Background and objectives: Preterm birth is a highly prevelant phenomenon that was shown to be provoked by an increased sympathetic activity induced by mental stress during pregnancy. In previous studies heart rate variability (HRV)-biofeedback was demonstrated to decrease sympathetic nerve activity in patients with mental stress due to anxiety and depression. We aimed to assess the effects of HRV-biofeedback in patients with preterm labour.
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