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Clin Physiol Funct Imaging. 2012 Nov;32(6):415-20. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-097X.2012.01150.x. Epub 2012 Jul 18.

Using ballistocardiography to measure cardiac performance: a brief review of its history and future significance.

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Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina, Regina, SK, Canada.


Ballistocardiography (BCG) is a non-invasive technology that has been used to record ultra-low-frequency vibrations of the heart allowing for the measurement of cardiac cycle events including timing and amplitudes of contraction. Recent developments in BCG have made this technology simple to use, as well as time- and cost-efficient in comparison with other more complicated and invasive techniques used to evaluate cardiac performance. Recent technological advances are considerably greater since the advent of microprocessors and laptop computers. Along with the history of BCG, this paper reviews the present and future potential benefits of using BCG to measure cardiac cycle events and its application to clinical and applied research.

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