Author(s): Kaplan DT, Furman MI, Pincus SM, Ryan SM, Lipsitz LA,
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Abstract Biomedical signals often vary in a complex and irregular manner. Analysis of variability in such signals generally does not address directly their complexity, and so may miss potentially useful information. We analyze the complexity of heart rate and beat-to-beat blood pressure using two methods motivated by nonlinear dynamics (chaos theory). A comparison of a group of healthy elderly subjects with healthy young adults indicates that the complexity of cardiovascular dynamics is reduced with aging. This suggests that complexity of variability may be a useful physiological marker.
This article was published in Biophys J
and referenced in International Journal of Neurorehabilitation