A New Algorithm to Reduce and Individualize HRV Recording Time

  • Damien SaboulEmail author
  • Christophe Hautier
Image & Signal Processing
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  1. Image & Signal Processing


The aim of the present work was to propose a Smartphone algorithm to analyze, in real time, the evolution of Heart Rate Variability (HRV) in order to individualize and reduce the recording time according to the specificities of each user. During HRV recording, a new RMSSD value is calculated each time a new RR is captured. The recording process stops once an acceptable stability of HRV is reached. This new method was tested on 3 groups of 15 subjects (cardiac patients, sedentary employees and national-level athletes) and compared with the gold standard method (5 min HRV recording time). The RMSSD indices provided by the short method and by the gold standard method (respectively 62.1 ± 43.7 ms vs. 62.7 ± 44.1 ms) showed no significant differences. In addition, a very strong correlation was observed between RMSSD values obtained by the 2 methods (n = 45; R = 0.998; p < 0.001). Routine duration of the new method was significantly shorter with a time-savings of 2 min (178 ± 51 s vs. 300 s; p < 0.05). This new algorithm seems to adapt perfectly to each subject, and it can detect the stability phase for HRV measurements during the recording process. Algorithm provides an adapted and personal routine duration that can evolve each day depending on parameters such as fatigue or stress level that are known to influence HRV. This solution can be easily implemented in a smartphone application and seems particularly suitable for performing daily HRV monitoring in field conditions.


HRV Smartphone application Optimization Individualization Recording time Monitoring 


Compliance with ethical standards

Research involving human participants

The protocol was approved by the ethical committee of France-Sud Est VI (number 2015-A01755–44). In addition, all procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Be-Studys, a Brand of Be-Ys GroupVernier – ChâtelaineSwitzerland
  2. 2.EA 7424 - Inter-university Laboratory of Human Movement Science (LIBM)University of Lyon, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1LyonFrance

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