Investigation of the minimum conditions for reliable estimation of clinically relevant HRV measures introducing a novel approach to the validation of HRV measurement systems

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The R-peak localization error (jitter) of a heart rate variability (HRV) system has a great impact on the values of the HRV measures. Only a few studies have analyzed this subject and purely done so from the aspect of choice of sampling frequency. In this study we provide an overview of the various factors that comprise the jitter of a system. We propose a method inspired by the field of signal averaged electrocardiography (SAECG) that allows for a quantification of the jitter of any HRV system that records and stores the raw ECG signal. Furthermore, with this method the differences between the HRV measures of the system and HRV measures corresponding to the physiological truth can be quantified. The method is used to obtain the physiologically true R-peak locations of subjects from Physionet's 'Normal Sinus Rhythm Database'. The effects of jitter are then analyzed via mathematical modelling for short-term and long-term HRV for various HRV measures. The effects of abnormal beats and missed and false detections are analyzed as well.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCARDIOTECHNIX 2015 - Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress on Cardiovascular Technologies
Number of pages9
PublisherSCITEPRESS (Science and Technology Publications, Lda.)
Publication date1 Jan 2015
ISBN (Electronic)9789897581601
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Event3rd International Congress on Cardiovascular Technologies, CARDIOTECHNIX 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 16 Nov 201517 Nov 2015


Conference3rd International Congress on Cardiovascular Technologies, CARDIOTECHNIX 2015
SponsorInstitute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC)

    Research areas

  • Ectopic beat, Heart rate variability, Jitter

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