Musical rhythms in heart period dynamics: a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approach to cardiac rhythms.

  title={Musical rhythms in heart period dynamics: a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approach to cardiac rhythms.},
  author={Henrik Bettermann and Doreen Amponsah and Dirk Cysarz and Peter Van Leeuwen},
  journal={American journal of physiology. Heart and circulatory physiology},
  volume={277 5},
The purpose of this study was to expand classic heart period analysis methods by techniques from ethnomusicology that explicitly take complex musical rhythm principles into consideration. The methods used are based on the theory of African music, the theory of symbolic dynamics, and combinatorial theory. Heart period tachograms from 192 24-h electrocardiograms of 96 healthy subjects were transformed into binary symbol sequences that were interpretable as elementary rhythmic (percussive… 

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