A methodology to quantify the differences between alternative methods of heart rate variability measurement

M. A. García-González, M. Fernández-Chimeno, F. Guede-Fernández, V. Ferrer-Mileo, A. Argelagós-Palau, L. Álvarez-Gómez, E. Parrado, J. Moreno, L. Capdevila, J. Ramos-Castro

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Abstract

© 2016 Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. This work proposes a systematic procedure to report the differences between heart rate variability time series obtained from alternative measurements reporting the spread and mean of the differences as well as the agreement between measuring procedures and quantifying how stationary, random and normal the differences between alternative measurements are. A description of the complete automatic procedure to obtain a differences time series (DTS) from two alternative methods, a proposal of a battery of statistical tests, and a set of statistical indicators to better describe the differences in RR interval estimation are also provided. Results show that the spread and agreement depend on the choice of alternative measurements and that the DTS cannot be considered generally as a white or as a normally distributed process. Nevertheless, in controlled measurements the DTS can be considered as a stationary process.
Original languageEnglish
Article number128
Pages (from-to)128-144
JournalPhysiological Measurement
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2015

Keywords

  • agreement
  • heart rate variability
  • normal distribution
  • randomness
  • stationarity
  • surrogate measurements

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