Publications in Scientific Journals:

B. Hametner, S. Wassertheurer, J. Kropf, C. Mayer, A. Holzinger, B. Eber, T. Weber:
"Wave Reflection Quantification based on Pressure Waveforms alone - Methods, Comparison, and clinical Covariates";
Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, 2012-10-005 (2012), 1 - 10.

English abstract:
Within the last decade the quantification of pulse wave reflections mainly focused on measures of central aortic systolic pressure and its augmentation through reflections based on pulse wave analysis (PWA).
A complementary approach is the wave separation analysis (WSA), which qantifies the total amount of arterial wave reflection considering both aortic pulse and flow waves.
The aim of this work is the introduction and comparison of aortic blood flow models for WSA assessment. To evaluate the performance of the proposed modeling approaches (Windkessel, triangular and averaged flow), comparisons against Doppler measurements are made for 148 patients with preserved ejection fraction. Stepwiseregression analysis between WSA and PWA parameters are performed to provide determinants of methodological differences. Against Doppler measurement mean difference and standard deviation of the amplitudes of the decomposed forward and backward pressure waves are comparable for Windkessel and averaged flow models. Stepwise regression analysis shows similar determinants between Doppler and Windkessel model only. The results indicate that the Windkesselmethod provides accurate estimates of wave reflection in subjects with preserved ejection fraction. The comparison with waveforms derived from Doppler ultra sound as well as recently proposed simple triangular and averaged flow waves showed that this approach may reduce variability and provide realistic results.
2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
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