A hybrid on-line ECG segmenting system for long-term monitoring

Péter Várady, Z. Benyó, T. Micsik, Gy Moser

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This paper introduces a new hybrid ECG beat segmenting system, which can be applied in the processing unit of single-channel, long-term ECG monitors for the on-line segmentation of the ECG signal. Numerous ECG segmentation techniques are already existing and applied, however sufficiently robust and reliable methods currently require more than one ECG signal channel and quite complex computations, which are practically not feasible in stand-alone, low-cost monitors. Our new system approach presents a time domain segmentation technique based on a priori physiological and morphological information of the ECG beat. The segmentation is carried out after classifying the ECG beat, using the linear approximation of the filtered ECG signal and considering the pathophysiological properties as well. The proposed algorithms require moderate computational power, allowing the practical realization in battery powered stand-alone long-term cardiac monitors or small-sized cardiac defibrillators. The prototype version of the system was implemented in Matlab. The test and evaluation of the system was carried out with the help of reference signal databases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-240
Number of pages24
JournalActa physiologica Hungarica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2000



  • ECG segmentation
  • ECG signal processing
  • Linear approximation
  • Neural networks
  • Wavelet transformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology (medical)

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