Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Autonomic Nervous System Monitoring

Theodoros Aslanidis

St. Paul General Hospital of Thessaloniki


nfrared digital pupilometry Electrodermal activity Salivary a-amylase Skin sympathetic microneurography Muscle sympathetic nervous activity Quantitative Sudomotor Axon Reflex test Thermoregulatory sweat test Immunomarkers - interleukin-6 CRP TNF-a Hormonic biomarkers of ANS activity- dopamine epinephrine norepinephrine

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Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is integrated almost in all system in human body. It plays a vital role not only for the homeostasis of the organism, but also for the reaction rate and extent to stimuli. Thus, monitoring ANS, is crucial for understanding disease progress. Various methods had been applied for this purpose. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) - a term introduced for the interval between R waves in the electrocardiogram (i.e. variability in beat-by-beat heart period)-Hormonal biomarkers (epinephrine, cortisol, norepinephrine) , infrared digital pupillometry, salivary a- amylase, electrodermal activity recording, functional nervous system imaging are only some the methods reported. Every marker is considered a complex reflection of the sympathetic-parasympathetic system balance activation (autonomic outflow), neuroendocrine influences and the ability of the human system network to respond to the former factors (autonomic responsiveness). They are probably more than an indicator for probable disturbances in the autonomous system. They can serve a surrogate index both for the objective wellbeing (homeostasis and health status) and for subjective wellbeing (emotional and psychological health). Increasing data support its use for monitoring both somatic and psychological disorders and diseases. Moreover, newer studies provide us an insight into the physiology of consciousness and raise our understanding of several psychological and physiological processes, like neuroendocrine habituation or emotional regulation.
Within this frame, the current book, published by InTech Open, will aim at providing the reader an update on ANS monitoring and its role in health, both physical and emotional. 

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Date completed: May 31st 2019

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Deadline for full chapters: August 20th 2019

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Review results due: November 8th 2019

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Expected publication date: January 7th 2020

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About the editor

Theodoros Aslanidis

St. Paul General Hospital of Thessaloniki

Dr. Theodoros K. Aslanidis received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Plovdiv Medical University, Bulgaria and his PhD degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He served in the Hellenic Army Force as a medical doctor and then worked as a rural physician in Outhealth Centre, Iraklia and Serres’ General Hospital, Greece. He moved to Thessaloniki where he completed his residency in anesthesiology in “Hippokratio” General Hospital, fellowship training at AHEPA University Hospital in Critical Care, and then a postgraduate program in Prehospital Emergency Medicine. He served as EMS Physician and Emergency Communication Center Medic at Hellenic National Centre for Emergency Care before moving to his current post as consultant-researcher at the Intensive Care Unit of St. Paul General Hospital of Thessaloniki, Greece. His research interests are medical writing, data analysis, critical emergency medicine, neurosonology and electrodermal activity.

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