Ambulatory Blood Pressure Signal Features: Identification, Measurement and Implications

  • B. McA. Sayers
  • Loretta R. Cicchiello
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 37)


Long term records of blood pressure (mean, systolic or diastolic) and of heart rate are subject to fluctuations that can be regarded as naturally subdividing into five components: a circadian pattern, linear segmental baseline movements, short duration positive or negative unidirectional transients, vasomotor activity and respiratory-linked effects. These components are, in n broad terms, unrelated.

The problems of quantification created by these components is discussed; it is argued that the most appropriate response may be to isolate and measure the components separately and, following up this approach, the contribution of each in short-length sample measurements is assessed.

The similarities between heart rate and beat-variable pressures in respect of certain of these components is considered as a basis for utilising HR measurements for the possible detection of potentially significant occurrences in blood pressure


Medical Informatics Residual Signal Phase Spectrum Spectral Average Circadian Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. McA. Sayers
    • 1
  • Loretta R. Cicchiello
    • 2
  1. 1.Imperial CollegeLondonUK
  2. 2.Istituto di Fisica, Facoltà di IngegneriaUniversità di NapoliNapoliItaly

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