Real-Time Analysis of Electrocardiographic Data for Heart Rate Turbulence
- Greco, E. Carl, Jr.
- August 2005.
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- Episodes of ventricular ectopy (premature ventricular contractions, PVCs) have been reported in several astronauts and cosmonauts during space flight. Indeed, the "Occurrence of Serious Cardiac Dysrhythmias" is now NASA's #1 priority critical path risk factor in the cardiovascular area that could jeopardize a mission as well as the health and welfare of the astronaut. Epidemiological, experimental and clinical observations suggest that severe autonomic dysfunction and/or transient cardiac ischemia can initiate potentially lethal ventricular arrhythmias. On earth, Heart Rate Turbulence (HRT) in response to PVCs has been shown to provide not only an index of baroreflex sensitivity (BRS), but also more importantly, an index of the propensity for lethal ventricular arrhythmia. An HRT procedure integrated into the existing advanced electrocardiographic system under development in JSC's Human Adaptation and Countermeasures Office was developed to provide a system for assessment of PVCs in a real-time monitoring or offline (play-back) scenario. The offline heart rate turbulence software program that was designed in the summer of 2003 was refined and modified for "close to" real-time results. In addition, assistance was provided with the continued development of the real-time heart rate variability software program. These programs should prove useful in evaluating the risk for arrhythmias in astronauts who do and who do not have premature ventricular contractions, respectively. The software developed for these projects has not been included in this report. Please contact Dr. Todd Schlegel for information on acquiring a specific program.
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- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 20050202025.
NASA Summer Faculty Fellowship Program 2004, Volumes 1 and 2; 8-1 - 8-13; NASA/CR-2005-213690/VOL1/2.
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