Ask A Neuroscientist: What is Heart Rate Variability?

What is Heart Rate Variability?

“Breathing is the vehicle through which we can affect the variability of your heart.” Elyse Kemmerer White, Ph.D

In this video, Elyse Kemmerer White, Ph.D. talks about heart rate variability, what it is, and why it matters. During the explanation she references an article titled A Healthy Heart is Not a Metronome and you can find a copy of it here

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Elyse Kemmerer White, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist.  This discussion on heart health and heart rate variability (HRV) and the relationship with the brain and autonomic nervous system is from the perspective of a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and not a medical doctor.  

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