Investigating maternal-fetal heart rate coupling by high resolution joint symbolic dynamics

Ahsan H. Khandoker, Steffen Schulz, Yoshitaka Kimura, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Andreas Voss

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The aim of this study was to quantify short-term maternal-fetal cardiac couplings in early, mid and late gestation fetuses by using the high resolution joint symbolic dynamics (HRJSD) analysis approach. The analysis was based on fetal electrocardiograms (FECGs) of 66 healthy fetuses [22 from 16∼25 weeks (GA1), 22 from 26-30 weeks (GA2) and 22 from 32-41 weeks (GA3)]. Results demonstrate that HRJSD revealed nine significant maternal-fetal coupling pattern and 4 fetal heart rate families that were able to differentiate among three gestational groups. In conclusion, the application of HRJSD revealed detailed information about short-term nonlinear maternal-fetal cardiac couplings and regulatory mechanisms (patterns) of developing autonomic nervous system function.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7043074
Pages (from-to)441-444
Number of pages4
JournalComputing in Cardiology
Issue numberJanuary
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Event41st Computing in Cardiology Conference, CinC 2014 - Cambridge, United States
Duration: 2014 Sep 72014 Sep 10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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