Biomedical Engineering / Biomedizinische Technik
Joint Journal of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering in VDE and the Austrian and Swiss Societies for Biomedical Engineering and the German Society of Biomaterials
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Non-linear dynamic analysis of the cardiac rhythm during transient myocardial ischemia
Coronary artery occlusions related to myocardial ischemia drive cardiac control system reactions that may lead to heart failure. The purpose of this study was to assess the autonomic nervous system (ANS) response during prolonged percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). Continuous ECG data were acquired from 50 patients before and during PTCA, with occlusions in the left anterior descending, left circumflex or right coronary artery. Heart rate variability (HRV) was analyzed for 3-min segments of the R-R interval signal obtained from ECG data. The ANS behavior was evaluated by HRV analysis using fractal-like indices. The fractal scalar exponent α1 and power-law slope β decreased considerably during PTCA. This indicates that significant reactions of autonomic control of the heart rate occurred during coronary artery occlusions, with a reduction in complexity of the ANS.
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