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Percept Mot Skills. 2014 Jun;118(3):890-6. doi: 10.2466/19.10.PMS.118k24w5. Epub 2014 May 14.

Heart rate variability differs between right- and left-handed individuals.

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1 Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Ankara, Turkey.


Previous studies reported reduced longevity in left-handers with the suggestion that it may be associated with different heart diseases. Therefore, differences in heart rate variability (HRV), an index of autonomic cardiac activity, were examined for right- and left-handed individuals. 120 healthy young university students (75 women, 45 men; M age = 20.4 yr., SD = 1.5) volunteered. Handedness was assessed with the Edinburgh Handedness Inventory and HRV was measured via electrocardiography. The results suggest that the left-handers' HRV was significantly different from that of right-handers on several parameters. The atypical cerebral organization of left-handers may be related to an imbalanced autonomic system that results in higher frequencies of heart irregularities.

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