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Computer detection of non-stationary T wave alternans using a new correlation method

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Detection of microvolt T wave alternans (TWA) is a non-invasive method to identify patients at risk for sudden cardiac death. ECGs show that visible TWA is often nonstationary. Thus, the authors developed a new correlation method (CM) for TWA detection, and they tested CM's ability to detect non-stationary TWA in comparison with an accepted spectral method (SM). In a simulation study CM and SM were used to evaluate stationary and non-stationary TWA of different amplitude. Other simulated conditions included: background noise, poor synchronization and windowing of the T waves; and amplitude respiration modulation of the T wave. In the authors' comparison of CM and SM, they found that only CM was able to detect non-stationary TWA. CM was more robust to a poor synchronization and windowing of T waves, but affected more by high amplitude modulation than SM. Both CM and SM detected TWA in the presence of background noise

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Computers in Cardiology 1997

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7-10 Sep 1997