Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/579265
Title:
The Impact of Sex on Heart Rate Variability during Bereavement
Author:
Jovel, Krystal Shannon
Issue Date:
2015
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Women have been identified as possessing higher heart rate variability (HRV) which in turn creates a cardio-protective barrier from Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) related deaths (Abhishekh et al 2013, Furholz et al 2013). It is then menopausal status and not biological age that causes high HRV in women and would explain why CVD is the number one killer for women world-wide (WHO 2013). As women age and experience menopause the cardio-protective ability of estrogen is decreased. Furthermore, by studying estrogen levels of bereaved persons the relationship between HRV and bereavement can be seen as moderated by certain sex hormones. Menopausal status did show to have a strong effect on HRV (p=0.023), but there was no significant difference between men's HRV and those of either pre- or post-menopausal women. However the results for post-menopausal women do trend towards the expected and with more participants may become significant.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.S.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Psychology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
O'Connor, Mary-Frances

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleThe Impact of Sex on Heart Rate Variability during Bereavementen_US
dc.creatorJovel, Krystal Shannonen
dc.contributor.authorJovel, Krystal Shannonen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractWomen have been identified as possessing higher heart rate variability (HRV) which in turn creates a cardio-protective barrier from Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) related deaths (Abhishekh et al 2013, Furholz et al 2013). It is then menopausal status and not biological age that causes high HRV in women and would explain why CVD is the number one killer for women world-wide (WHO 2013). As women age and experience menopause the cardio-protective ability of estrogen is decreased. Furthermore, by studying estrogen levels of bereaved persons the relationship between HRV and bereavement can be seen as moderated by certain sex hormones. Menopausal status did show to have a strong effect on HRV (p=0.023), but there was no significant difference between men's HRV and those of either pre- or post-menopausal women. However the results for post-menopausal women do trend towards the expected and with more participants may become significant.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen
thesis.degree.nameB.S.en
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorO'Connor, Mary-Francesen
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