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Impact of medicines

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Linkura measures heart rate variability (HRV), the physiology of the body, and because medicines affect the body, HRV is often affected. So it is rarely “wrong” when the data is affected by medicines, but it can be more difficult to interpret the data when medicines are involved. The effect of medicines is also highly individual.

Examples of medications that usually lower HRV although some individuals react the opposite:

  • Beta-blockers
  • Diuretics and ACE inhibitors (blood pressure)
  • Asthma and allergy medications
  • Thyroid medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Long-acting sleep medications
  • Strong painkillers
  • Medications for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

There is nothing stopping you from taking the stress check if you are taking any of the medications on the list, but your readings may be difficult to interpret.

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