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Behavior research and variable heart rates

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    Hello. Maybe this has an obvious answer, but can someone can explain to me the definition and how to measure variable heart rate? I  understand this is being used more frequently to determine stress levels (rather than just heart rate alone). One paper I read of measuring this in horses used a specific device to do so. Thanks for any input you can provide.

    Cheryl Kolus


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    Wendy Koch

    In people, many heart rate monitors will also measure HRV.  Not sure about animals, but I wouldn’t think you’d need anything particularly special.  HRV is just a measure of the changes in time between successive heart beats.

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