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The aim of the present study is to describe the design of an acquisition system for the specific purpose of recording heart murmurs originating from stenosis in the coronary arteries. The design and development of such a system require knowledge in many disciplines: acoustic couplers, microphones, skin adhesives, electronic hardware, software and patient(More)
The main aim was to investigate if acutely stressed subjects have abnormal heart rate variability responses to acute pain. Efferent cardiac autonomic activity was assessed by analyzing RR interval variation in 26 male volunteers. Heart rate variability was measured as mean and standard deviation of normal RR intervals (mean RR, SDNN) and by power spectral(More)
We present a technique for increasing the throughput of stream processing architectures by removing the bottlenecks caused by loop structures. We implement loops as self-timed pipelined rings that can operate on <i>multiple data sets</i> concurrently. Our contribution includes a transformation algorithm which takes as input a high-level program and gives as(More)
GOAL Earlier studies have documented that coronary artery disease (CAD) produces weak murmurs, which might be detected through analysis of heart sounds. An electronic stethoscope with a digital signal processing unit could be a low cost and easily applied method for diagnosis of CAD. The current study is a search for heart sound features which might(More)
This paper introduces the first exact method for optimal resource sharing in a pipelined system in order to minimize area. Given as input a dependence graph and a throughput requirement, our approach searches through the space of legal resource allocations, performing both scheduling and optimal buffer insertion, in order to produce the minimum area(More)
This paper presents the design of a greatest common divisor (GCD) chip as a case study in asynchronous or clockless design.&#x0A0;&#x0A0;The design uses fine-grain asynchronous pipelining to achieve fairly high performance.&#x0A0;&#x0A0;At the same time, the use of robust asynchronous handshaking in lieu of clocking allows the design to gracefully adapt its(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of using external urethral sphincter electromyogram (EMG) (EUSEMG) to detect the onset of detrusor contractions in patients with both neurogenic detrusor overactivity (NDO) and detrusor sphincter dyssynergia (DSD). Detrusor pressure (Pdet) and EUSEMG was recorded in 23 neurogenic patients during slow(More)
BACKGROUND Walking represents a large part of daily physical activity. It reduces both overall and cardiovascular diseases and mortality and is suitable for cardiac patients. A step counter measures walking activity and might be a motivational tool to increase and maintain physical activity. There is a lack of knowledge about both cardiac patients'(More)
The aim of the study was to design and evaluate a coupler/microphone system for recording weak murmurs from stenoses in the coronar artery. The suggested design is based on the use of a high quality microphone, coupled to the chest through a small air cavity. Since the determination of the exact frequency range of interest related to murmurs is part of the(More)