Application of statistical physics to heartbeat diagnosis

S. Havlin, L. A.N. Amaral, Y. Ashkenazy, A. L. Goldberger, P. Ch Ivanov, C. K. Peng, H. E. Stanley

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We present several recent studies based on statistical physics concepts that can be used as diagnostic tools for heart failure. We describe the scaling exponent characterizing the long-range correlations in heartbeat time series as well as the multifractal features recently discovered in heartbeat rhythm. It is found that both features, the long-range correlations and the multifractility, are weaker in cases of heart failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-110
Number of pages12
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 NATO Advanced Research Workshop 'Applications of Statistical Physics' - Budapest, Hung
Duration: 19 May 199922 May 1999

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Funding Information:
Supported by the NIH/National Center for Research Resources (grant P41 13622).


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