Angela Agostinelli

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Electrocardiogram (ECG) testing is a common non-invasive diagnostic tool to identify heart diseases. Generally, an ECG recording is corrupted by different types of noise which may jeopardize clinical evaluation. Thus, aim of the present study is to introduce the new segmented-beat modulation method (SBMM) for extracting a clean ECG from a noisy recording.(More)
BACKGROUND Noninvasive fetal electrocardiography (fECG), obtained positioning electrodes on the maternal abdomen, is important in safeguarding the life and the health of the unborn child. This study aims to provide a review of the state of the art of fECG, and includes a description of the parameters useful for fetus clinical evaluation; of the fECG(More)
Clinical utility of an electrocardiogram (ECG) affected by too high levels of noise such as baseline wanders, electrode motion artifacts, muscular artifacts and power-line interference may be jeopardized if not opportunely processed. Template-based techniques have been proposed for ECG estimation from noisy recordings, but usually they do not reproduce(More)
Typically, ECG is corrupted by baseline wander (BW), electrode motion artifact (EM) and muscular artifact (MA). To eliminate them, ECG is usually pre-filtered by application of linear techniques which, however, do not remove in-band components which may limit the ECG clinical usefulness if further processing is not performed. The Segmented-Beat Modulation(More)
Electrocardiographic (ECG) tracings corrupted by noise with frequency components in the ECG frequency band, may result useless unless appropriately processed. The estimation of the clean ECG from such recordings, however, is quite challenging; being linear filtering inappropriate. In the common situations in which the R peaks are detectable, template-based(More)
BACKGROUND Indirect fetal electrocardiography is preferable to direct fetal electrocardiography because of being noninvasive and is applicable also during the end of pregnancy, besides labor. Still, the former is strongly affected by noise so that even R-peak detection (which is essential for fetal heart-rate evaluations and subsequent processing(More)
BACKGROUND Fetal well-being evaluation may be accomplished by monitoring cardiac activity through fetal electrocardiography. Direct fetal electrocardiography (acquired through scalp electrodes) is the gold standard but its invasiveness limits its clinical applicability. Instead, clinical use of indirect fetal electrocardiography (acquired through abdominal(More)
T-wave offset (Toff) identification may be jeopardized by the presence of a significant inter-method (IMV) and inter-lead (ILV) Toff variability. Thus, the aim of the present study was to investigate if the dominant T wave (DTW) may be used to enhance Toff-identification reliability. DTWs and 15-lead ECG T waves of 46 control healthy subjects (CHS) and 103(More)
BACKGROUND Defects of cardiac repolarization, noninvasively identifiable by analyzing the electrocardiographic (ECG) ST segment and T wave, are among the major causes of sudden cardiac death. Still, no repolarization-based index has so far shown sufficient sensitivity and specificity to justify preventive treatments. Thus, the aim of this work was to(More)
The surface electromyogram (SEMG) is a signal noninvasively (through electrodes located on the body surface) acquired for evaluating the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles. In thoracic acquisitions, SEMG is typically affected by the electrocardiographic (ECG) signal, representing the electrical activity of the heart. SEMG and ECG power spectra(More)