Conference Paper

Detrended fluctuation analysis of heart rate by means of symbolic series

Dept ESAII, Univ. Politec. de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Conference: Computers in Cardiology, 2009
Source: OAI

ABSTRACT Detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA) has been shown to be a useful tool for diagnosis of patients with cardiac diseases. The scaling exponents obtained with DFA are an indicator of power-law correlations in signal fluctuation, independently of signal amplitude and external trends. In this work, an approach based on DFA was proposed for analyzing heart rate variability (HRV) by means of RR series. The proposal consisted on transforming consecutive RR increments to symbols, according to an adapted symbolic-quantization. Three scaling exponents were calculated, ¿HF, ¿LF and ¿VLF, which correspond to the well known VLF, LF and HF frequency bands in the power spectral of the HRV. This DFA approach better characterized high and low risk of cardiac mortality in ischemic cardiomyiopathy patients than DFA applied to RR time series or RR increment series.

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