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IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed. 2012 Mar;16(2):212-20. doi: 10.1109/TITB.2011.2177668. Epub 2011 Nov 29.

Subject-specific estimation of central aortic blood pressure using an individualized transfer function: a preliminary feasibility study.

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  • 1Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G2G8 Canada. jinoh.hahn@alum.mit.edu


This paper presents a new approach to the estimation of unknown central aortic blood pressure waveform from a directly measured peripheral blood pressure waveform, in which a physics-based model is employed to solve for a subject- and state-specific individualized transfer function (ITF). The ITF provides the means to estimate the unknown central aortic blood pressure from the peripheral blood pressure. Initial proof-of-principle for the ITF is demonstrated experimentally through an in vivo protocol. In swine subjects taken through wide range of physiologic conditions, the ITF was on average able to provide central aortic blood pressure waveforms more accurately than a nonindividualized transfer function. Its usefulness was most evident when the subject's pulse transit time deviated from normative values. In these circumstances, the ITF yielded statistically significant reductions over a nonindividualized transfer function in the following three parameters: 1) 30% reduction in the root-mean-squared error between estimated versus actual central aortic blood pressure waveform (p < 10 (-4)), 2) >50% reduction in the error between estimated versus actual systolic and pulse pressures ( p < 10 (-4)), and 3) a reduction in the overall breakdown rate (i.e., the frequency of estimation errors >3 mmHg, p < 10 (-4)). In conclusion, the ITF may offer an attractive alternative to existing methods that estimates the central aortic blood pressure waveform, and may be particularly useful in nonnormative physiologic conditions.

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