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Feasibility of monitoring vascular ageing by multi-site photoplethysmography

Lookup NU author(s): Costanzo Di Maria, Dr Annette Klinge, Dr Ding Chang Zheng, Emeritus Professor Alan MurrayORCiD, Dr John O'Sullivan, Professor John AllenORCiD


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The aim of this pilot study was to determine the expected normative values of two main features from multi-site photoplethysmography (PPG) waveforms, namely the pulse transit times to foot (PTTf) and to peak (PTTp), and explore their overall trends with ageing. These measures reflect the presence of arterial stiffness and peripheral arterial disease, important factors in cardiovascular risk.PPG waveforms were acquired from the right and left ear lobes, index fingers, and great toes in 31 healthy subjects (19 males and 12 females, mean age 50 years old and range 30-70 years). The electrocardiogram was also simultaneously recorded to provide a cardiac timing reference for the computation of PTTf and PTTp. Values from right and left sides were averaged for subsequent analysis. Linear regressions with age were investigated utilising Pearson's correlation analysis.PTTf for ear, finger and toe sites were 139 +/- 10 ms, 192 +/- 14 ms, and 282 +/- 24 ms, respectively. For PTTp the values were 460 +/- 67 ms, 431 +/- 40 ms, and 510 +/- 29 ms, respectively. Toe PTTf significantly decreased with age (r=-0.59, p<0.001). In contrast, finger PTTp significantly increased with age (r=0.46, p<0.01).In conclusion, multi-site PPG shows potential to assess the increase in cardiovascular risk linked to physiological or early vascular ageing.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Di Maria C, Sharkey E, Klinge A, Zheng D, Murray A, O'Sullivan J, Allen J

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 39th Computing in Cardiology Conference

Year of Conference: 2012

Pages: 817-820

ISSN: 2325-8861

Publisher: IEEE


Notes: Article number 6420519

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Series Title: Computing in Cardiology

Sponsor(s): AGH University of Science and Technology,e-Cardiology/ESC Working Groups - European Society of Cardiology,EMB,IEEE,PhysioNet

ISBN: 9781467320740