Classifying coronary dysfunction using neural networks through cardiovascular auscultation



The paper applies artificial neural networks (ANNs) to the analysis of heart sound abnormalities through auscultation. Audio auscultation samples of 16 different coronary abnormalities were collected. Data pre-processing included down-sampling of the auscultated data and use of the fast Fourier transform (FFT) and the Levinson-Durbin autoregression algorithms for feature extraction and efficient data encoding. These data were used in the training of a multi-layer perceptron (MLP) and radial basis function (RBF) neural network to develop a classification mechanism capable of distinguishing between different heart sound abnormalities. The MLP and RBF networks attained classification accuracies of 84% and 88%, respectively. The application of ANNs to the analysis of respiratory auscultation and consequently the development of a combined cardio-respiratory analysis system using auscultated data could lead to faster and more efficient treatment.


Cardiac auscultation Multi-layer perceptron Radial basis function network Cardiac dysfunction Levinson-Durbin autoregression 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Folland
    • 1
  • E. L. Hines
    • 1
  • P. Boilot
    • 1
  • D. Morgan
    • 2
  1. 1.Electrical and Electronic Engineering Division, School of EngineeringUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK
  2. 2.Birmingham Heartlands HospitalBirminghamUK

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