Stefanovska, Aneta and Haken, H. and McClintock, Peter V. E. and Hozic, M. and Bajrovic, F. and Ribaric, S. (2000) Reversible transitions between synchronization states of the crdiorespiratory system. Physical Review Letters, 85 (22). pp. 4831-4834. ISSN 1079-7114
Phase synchronization between cardiac and respiratory oscillations is investigated during anesthesia in rats. Synchrograms and time evolution of synchronization indices are used to show that the system passes reversibly through a sequence of different phase-synchronized states as the anesthesia level changes, indicating that it can undergo phase transitionlike phenomena. It appears that the synchronization state may be used to characterize the depth of anesthesia.
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