Objective: We test the hypothesis that the linear model-based (MB) approach for the estimation of conditional entropy (CE) can be utilized to assess the complexity of the cardiac control in healthy individuals. Methods: An MB estimate of CE was tested in an experimental protocol (i.e., the graded head-up tilt) known to produce a gradual decrease of cardiac control complexity as a result of the progressive vagal withdrawal and concomitant sympathetic activation. The MB approach was compared with traditionally exploited nonlinear model-free (MF) techniques such as corrected approximate entropy, sample entropy, corrected CE, two k-nearest-neighbor CE procedures and permutation CE. Electrocardiogram was recorded in 17 healthy subjects at rest in supine position and during head-up tilt with table angles of 15Â°, 30Â°, 45Â°, 60Â°, and 75Â°. Heart period (HP) was derived as the temporal distance between two consecutive Rwave peaks and analysis was carried out over stationary sequences of 256 successive HPs. Results: The performance of the MB method in following the progressive decrease of HP complexity with tilt table angles was in line with those of MF approaches and theMBindexwas remarkably correlated with the MF ones. Conclusion: The MB approach can be utilized to monitor the changes of the complexity of the cardiac control, thus speeding up dramatically the CE calculation. Significance: The remarkable performance of the MB approach challenges the notion, generally assumed in cardiac control complexity analysis based on CE, about the need of MF techniques and could allow real-time applications.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biomedical Engineering