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IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 1990 Sep;37(9):837-43.

Ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation detection by a sequential hypothesis testing algorithm.

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Department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21205.


An algorithm for detecting ventricular fibrillation (VF) and ventricular tachycardia (VT) by the method of sequential hypothesis testing is presented. The algorithm first generates a binary sequence by comparing the signal to a threshold. The probability distribution of the time intervals of the binary sequence is obtained, and Wald's sequential hypothesis testing procedure is next employed to discriminate the arrhythmias. Sequential hypothesis testing of 85 cases resulted in identification of 1) 97.64% VF and 97.65% VT episodes after 5 s, and 2) 100% identification of both VF and VT after 7 s. The desired false positive and false negative error probabilities can be preprogrammed into the algorithm. An important feature of the sequential method is that extra time for detection can be traded off for improved accuracy, and vice versa.

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