Several parameters assessing nonlinear properties of heart rate variability (HRV) from short-term (<10 min) laboratory recordings have been proposed so far, but their reliability is unknown. In this study, we addressed this issue analysing a comprehensive set of these indices. In 42 healthy subjects (mean age (min-max): 38 (26-56) years, 21 men) we recorded 5 min of supine ECG in two consecutive days. From RR intervals we computed 11 nonlinear HRV indices, representative of symbolic dynamics, entropy, fractality, predictability, empirical mode decomposition and Poincaré plot families. Absolute reliability was assessed by the 95% limits of random variation and relative reliability was assessed computing the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC). We found marked differences in the reliability of short-term nonlinear indices of HRV. In the majority of indices, changes in test-retest measurements ranged between about -30% and +50%, indicating good absolute reliability while in the others the change was <-60% and >140%. Relative reliability was substantial (0.6 < ICC < 0.8) in half of the indices, moderate in one and poor in the remaining. Compared to classical linear indices, nonlinear HRV parameters seem more suitable for individual test-retest evaluations but, due to a reduced ICC, they need increased sample size in comparative studies involving two groups of subjects.
Assessing nonlinear properties of heart rate variability from short-term recordings : are these measurements reliable? / R. Maestri, G.D. Pinna, A. Porta, R. Balocchi, R. Sassi, M.G. Signorini, M. Dudziak, G. Raczak. - In: PHYSIOLOGICAL MEASUREMENT. - ISSN 0967-3334. - 28:9(2007), pp. 008.1067-008.1077.
|Titolo:||Assessing nonlinear properties of heart rate variability from short-term recordings : are these measurements reliable?|
|Parole Chiave:||Heart rate variability; Nonlinear dynamics; Reliability; Repeatability; Reproducibility; Short-term recordings|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore ING-INF/06 - Bioingegneria Elettronica e Informatica|
Settore INF/01 - Informatica
|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0967-3334/28/9/008|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|