Non-invasive assessment of cardiac contractility on a weighing scale

Mozziyar Etemadi*, Omer T. Inan, Richard M. Wiard, Gregory T A Kovacs, Laurent Giovangrandi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Myocardial contractility, the intrinsic ability of the heart muscle to produce force, has been difficult to quantify non-invasively. Pre-ejection-period (PEP), the time the ventricles spend in isovolumetric contraction, is widely accepted as a way to measure contractility. This work presents a way by which the ballistocardiogram - a readily accessible noninvasive cardiovascular signal - can be used in tandem with the electrocardiogram to obtain a parameter highly correlated to PEP and thus to myocardial contractility. This parameter is the delay from the electrocardiogram R-wave to the peak (the J-wave) of the ballistocardiogram. In this work, we showed that this delay, the RJ interval, was correlated to PEP (r2 = 0.75) for 709 heartbeats across 4 subjects, with a slope of 1.11, and a y-intercept of 151 ms. This suggests that the RJ interval can be used in place of the PEP for a reliable, practical, and noninvasive assessment of myocardial contractility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages6773-6776
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781424432967
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Event31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: Sep 2 2009Sep 6 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009

Other

Other31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Engineering the Future of Biomedicine, EMBC 2009
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period9/2/099/6/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Medicine(all)

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