Diagnosing Cardiac Abnormalities from 12-Lead Electrocardiograms Using Enhanced Deep Convolutional Neural Networks

  • Binhang Yuan
  • Wenhui XingEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11794)


We train an enhanced deep convolutional neural network in order to identify eight cardiac abnormalities from the standard 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs) using the dataset of 14000 ECGs. Instead of straightforwardly applying an end-to-end deep learning approach, we find that deep convolutional neural networks enhanced with sophisticated hand crafted features show advantages in reducing generalization errors. Additionally, data preprocessing and augmentation are essential since the distribution of eight cardiac abnormalities are highly biased in the given dataset. Our approach achieves promising generalization performance in the First China ECG Intelligent Competition; an empirical evaluation is also provided to validate the efficacy of our design on the competition ECG dataset.


Electrocardiogram Deep convolutional neural network Heart disease diagnosis 



Thanks to the committee for their great effort of organizing the First China ECG Intelligent Competition and the anonymous reviewers for their insightful feedback on earlier versions of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rice UniversityHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Prudence Medical Technologies Ltd.ShanghaiChina

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