A healthy brain-heart relationship may be a predictive factor for survival following traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Why this matters
TBI is a complex pathology that affects up to 60 million people worldwide every year and has been deemed a public health priority in Europe.
Effective management of TBI in critical care requires several physiological inputs, including data on intracranial pressure (ICP) and heart rate (HR).
There has been significant interest in the role of brain-heart crosstalk, however, the interaction and possible implications for outcomes have not been well-studied in TBI.
It is possible that measures of brain-heart crosstalk derived from ICP and HR data could be predictive factors in survival following TBI.