Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 257–259 | Cite as

A Measurement of Electrocardiography and Photoplethesmography in Obese Children

  • C. V. Russoniello
  • V. Pougtachev
  • E. Zhirnov
  • M. T. Mahar


The purpose of this study was to establish heart rate variability normative data on obese children and to comparing the accuracy of two medical technologies photoplethesmography (PPG) with electrocardiography (ECG) while measuring heart rate variability (HRV). PPG is a relatively new technique that holds promise for health care practitioners as an evaluative tool and biofeedback instrument due to its cost and easy administration. This study involved ten children who were recruited for an after-school program designed to reduce obesity. Three-five-minute recordings of HRV were collected while the children were lying in the supine position on a therapy bed. PPG was measured from a thumb sensor and ECG from sensors placed under wristbands on both wrists. The results indicate that PPG is as effective as ECG in measuring the eleven parameters of heart rate variability.


Heart rate variability Electrocardiography Photoplethesmography Obesity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. V. Russoniello
    • 1
  • V. Pougtachev
    • 2
  • E. Zhirnov
    • 2
  • M. T. Mahar
    • 3
  1. 1.Psychophysiology Lab and Biofeedback ClinicEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA
  2. 2.Biocom TechnologiesPoulsboUSA
  3. 3.East Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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