ECG T-Wave Monitor for Potential Early Detection and Diagnosis of Cardiac Arrhythmias.
Summary of "ECG T-Wave Monitor for Potential Early Detection and Diagnosis of Cardiac Arrhythmias."
T-wave abnormalities are gaining significance in the realm of electrocardiogram diagnostics. In particular, T-wave alternans are proving to be powerful predictive indicators of potentially fatal arrhythmias. T-wave morphology monitoring and analysis are the means by which alternans and other abnormalities are detected. We have presented a preliminary design of an analog T-wave monitor to provide a characteristic description of the beat-to-beat T-wave morphology in terms of its maximum leading edge and trailing edge slopes, and its area. Experimental results showed that data from the analog T-wave monitor compared well with those predicted theoretically. Current design of the T-wave monitor, once improved, can find use in the screening, diagnosis, and early detection of T-wave abnormalities in clinical settings.
Cardiovascular Engineering Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University, 599 Taylor Road, Piscataway, NJ, 08854, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Name: Cardiovascular engineering (Dordrecht, Netherlands)
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21140289
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10558-010-9106-z
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