Comparison of Impedance Cardiographic Measurements using Band and Spot Electrodes

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 27599.
Psychophysiology (Impact Factor: 2.99). 12/1992; 29(6):734-41. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.1992.tb02051.x
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The comprehensive assessment of cardiac function using impedance cardiography has led to increasingly widespread use of the technique in psychophysiology. Disposable adhesive band electrodes have been the most widely used electrode type, but spot electrode configurations present attractive alternatives in terms of convenience and subject comfort. The present study was designed to evaluate whether one such spot electrode configuration yielded the same information as the more standard band electrodes for cardiac output and systolic time interval measurement. Male and female healthy adult subjects (N = 20) were tested. Comparisons between spot and band electrodes were made for the absolute magnitude of cardiac output and systolic time intervals, as well as for responses to the highly reproducible effects of bicycle exercise. Consistent with previous findings, systolic time interval measurements were unaffected by electrode type. However, for cardiac output measurements, differences between spot and band electrode measurements were found. Under resting conditions, the absolute magnitudes of cardiac output values measured using spot electrodes were smaller than for band electrodes. Subtle, yet significant differences were also found for cardiac output responses to exercise, with spot electrodes indicating greater increases in cardiac output than band electrodes. At the same time, anticipated gender differences found for cardiac output at rest and in response to exercise were unaffected by electrode type. Overall, these findings suggest that when comparing the results of studies that have utilized different impedance electrode types, it would be prudent to remain alert to the possibility of confounding influences.

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    • "Electrode sites on the animals were shaved with a battery-operated clipper, cleaned with gauze soaked in 70% ethanol, and allowed to air dry. Cardiac impedance electrodes were attached in a configuration identical to that used in humans [48] (placement on the notch of the clavicle and xyphoid process on the animal's front side, and ∼3 cm above and below the front electrodes on the back surface). ECG electrodes were attached in a modified lead II configuration. "
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    • "valid and reliable (Sherwood et al., 1992). All other guidelines for impedance cardiography were followed per the committee report of the Society for Psychophysiological Research (Sherwood et al., 1990). "

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    • "Because dual electrodes were used, the upper-and lower-current electrodes were placed 41 mm above and below the voltage electrodes, respectively . The use of spot electrodes have been validated for the measurement of time-intervals derived from impedance cardiography, such as PEP (Sherwood et al., 1992). Signals were transduced using Biopac EL500 dual electrodes and amplified by Biopac EBI100C amplifiers set for a gain of 20 and using a low-pass filter of 100 Hz. "
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