The impact of frequency aliasing on spectral method of measuring T wave alternans


In this paper we investigate frequency aliasing in spectral method of measuring T wave alter-nans, which may lead a high false positive rate. Microvolt T wave alternans(TWA) has been evaluated as a means of predicting occurrence of ventricular tachyarrhythmia events and its association with the genesis of ventricular ar-rhythmias has been demonstrated. Nowadays, spectral method is one of the most widely used procedures for measurement of microvolt TWA. In our study, based on the sampling theory, the alternans frequency 0.5 cycles/beat, at which the power of the spectrum is used to calculated the Valt and K score (these two parameters indicate the TWA), is equal to the nyquist frequency. Thus this generates frequency aliasing which will make the power at the alternans frequency (P0.5) be two times of the real magnitude of the original spectrum amplitude. With the assump-tion that the noise spectrum follows the normal distribution, in spectral method of measuring T wave alternans, the measuring standard K score>3 to consider the T wave alternans sig-nificant is only with a p<0.133. By change the standard to K score>6 can solve this problem and make the p value to p<0.0027.

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Chen, D. and Yang, S. (2009) The impact of frequency aliasing on spectral method of measuring T wave alternans. Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering, 2, 102-105. doi: 10.4236/jbise.2009.22019.

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