Network tools for tracing the dynamics of heart rate after cardiac transplantation

Danuta Makowiec , Joanna Wdowczyk , Marcin Gruchała , Zbigniew Struzik


A network representation of time intervals between subsequent heart contractions is proposed as a way to qualify and quantify short-term dynamical patterns, obtained from ECG recordings. It allows the observation of the development of arrhythmia in a non-invasive and patient-oriented way. As an example, a network is constructed from the nocturnal Holter recordings of a male heart transplant patient, who had been in good overall health for 17 years after the surgery. The biatrial surgical technique applied to him led to interference between the recipient and donor pacemakers, which resulted in misleading information provided by standard heart rate variability measures. The noticeable differences in the network structure observed in the patient follow-up study serve to reveal and quantify changes in the leading mechanisms underlying the dynamics of heart contractions.
Author Danuta Makowiec (FMPI / ITPA)
Danuta Makowiec,,
- Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics
, Joanna Wdowczyk
Joanna Wdowczyk,,
, Marcin Gruchała
Marcin Gruchała,,
, Zbigniew Struzik (FMPI / ITPA)
Zbigniew Struzik,,
- Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics
Journal seriesChaos Solitons & Fractals, ISSN 0960-0779, (A 30 pkt)
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishtime series, transition networks, heart period dynamics, heart transplantation, erratic heart rhythm
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)30
ScoreMinisterial score = 30.0, 20-12-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 30.0, 20-12-2017, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 1.455 (2) - 2016=1.604 (5)
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