Comparison of Heart Rate Variability from PPG with That from ECG
Because it is more convenient to measure photoplethysmography (PPG) than ECG, PPG is supposed as a surrogate of ECG for heart rate variability (HRV) analysis. In this study, we measured the spectrum of pulse rate variability (PRV) from PPG and its square coherence spectrum with HRV from ECG before and after exercise. The results showed that the spectrum of PRV corresponds almost well with HRV, especially for the healthy subjects at rest. However, stimuli conditions such as exercise will decrease the correlation, especially for the high frequency (HF) component. It indicates that whether PRV can be used as an alternative to HRV depends on the applications and conditions.
KeywordsPulse rate variability heart rate variability spectrum squared coherence spectrum
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