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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816207/evaluation-of-the-effects-of-various-sound-pressure-levels-on-the-level-of-serum-aldosterone-concentration-in-rats
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Parvin Nassiri, Sajad Zare, Mohammad R Monazzam, Akram Pourbakht, Kamal Azam, Taghi Golmohammadi
INTRODUCTION: Noise exposure may have anatomical, nonauditory, and auditory influences. Considering nonauditory impacts, noise exposure can cause alterations in the automatic nervous system, including increased pulse rates, heightened blood pressure, and abnormal secretion of hormones. The present study aimed at examining the effect of various sound pressure levels (SPLs) on the serum aldosterone level among rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 45 adult male rats with an age range of 3 to 4 months and a weight of 200 ± 50 g were randomly divided into 15 groups of three...
July 2017: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810184/design-and-evaluation-of-a-parametric-model-for-cardiac-sounds
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Roilhi F Ibarra-Hernández, Miguel A Alonso-Arévalo, Alejandro Cruz-Gutiérrez, Ana L Licona-Chávez, Salvador Villarreal-Reyes
Heart sound analysis plays an important role in the auscultative diagnosis process to detect the presence of cardiovascular diseases. In this paper we propose a novel parametric heart sound model that accurately represents normal and pathological cardiac audio signals, also known as phonocardiograms (PCG). The proposed model considers that the PCG signal is formed by the sum of two parts: one of them is deterministic and the other one is stochastic. The first part contains most of the acoustic energy. This part is modeled by the Matching Pursuit (MP) algorithm, which performs an analysis-synthesis procedure to represent the PCG signal as a linear combination of elementary waveforms...
August 9, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808334/cardiorespiratory-optimization-during-improvised-singing-and-toning
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N F Bernardi, S Snow, I Peretz, H D Orozco Perez, N Sabet-Kassouf, A Lehmann
We evaluated the effect of different forms of singing on cardiorespiratory physiology, and we aimed at disentangling the role of breathing from that of vocal production. Cardiorespiratory recordings were obtained from 20 healthy adults at rest and during: a) singing of familiar slow songs as in the standard form of Western culture; b) improvised vocalization of free vowel sounds, known as toning. To disentangle the role of breathing from that of vocal production, we compared the vocal conditions with matched breathing-only conditions...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765151/isolated-fourth-heart-sound
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Shun Yokota, Shumpei Mori, Fumiaki Kanazawa, Hiroyuki Toh, Yuto Shinkura, Yasuna Takuma, Hiroshi Imada, Koji Fukuzawa, Ken-Ichi Hirata
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764870/heart-murmur-detection-based-on-wavelet-transformation-and-a-synergy-between-artificial-neural-network-and-modified-neighbor-annealing-methods
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Gholamhossein Eslamizadeh, Ramin Barati
Early recognition of heart disease plays a vital role in saving lives. Heart murmurs are one of the common heart problems. In this study, Artificial Neural Network (ANN) is trained with Modified Neighbor Annealing (MNA) to classify heart cycles into normal and murmur classes. Heart cycles are separated from heart sounds using wavelet transformer. The network inputs are features extracted from individual heart cycles, and two classification outputs. Classification accuracy of the proposed model is compared with five multilayer perceptron trained with Levenberg-Marquardt, Extreme-learning-machine, back-propagation, simulated-annealing, and neighbor-annealing algorithms...
May 2017: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762336/performance-of-an-open-source-heart-sound-segmentation-algorithm-on-eight-independent-databases
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Chengyu Liu, David Springer, Gari D Clifford
OBJECTIVE: Heart sound segmentation is a prerequisite step for the automatic analysis of heart sound signals, facilitating the subsequent identification and classification of pathological events. Recently, hidden Markov model-based algorithms have received increased interest due to their robustness in processing noisy recordings. In this study we aim to evaluate the performance of the recently published logistic regression based hidden semi-Markov model (HSMM) heart sound segmentation method, by using a wider variety of independently acquired data of varying quality...
August 1, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758641/dropconnected-neural-networks-trained-on-time-frequency-and-inter-beat-features-for-classifying-heart-sounds
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Edmund Kay, Anurag Agarwal
OBJECTIVE: Automatic heart sound analysis has the potential to improve the diagnosis of valvular heart diseases in the primary care phase, as well as in countries where there is neither the expertise nor the equipment to perform echocardiograms. An algorithm has been trained, on the PhysioNet open-access heart sounds database, to classify heart sounds as normal or abnormal. APPROACH: The heart sounds are segmented using an open-source algorithm based on a hidden semi-Markov model...
July 31, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757234/non-contact-measurement-of-heart-response-reflected-in-human-eye
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Sangin Park, Myoung Ju Won, Dong Won Lee, Mincheol Whang
This study aims to develop a non-contact measurement technique for cardiac response that uses an infrared image of the patient's pupil. The pupil contraction rhythm is related to the autonomic balance and major organs (such as the heart) via a neural pathway. In this study, the response of the heart was determined by analyzing the pupillary rhythm based on the harmonic frequencies between them. Seventy undergraduate volunteers of both genders, (35 females and 35 males), with ages ranging between 20 and 30years (mean: 24...
July 28, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752928/retrospective-evaluation-of-and-risk-factor-analysis-for-presumed-fluid-overload-in-cats-with-urethral-obstruction-11-cases-2002-2012
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Cassandra J Ostroski, Kenneth J Drobatz, Erica L Reineke
OBJECTIVE: To describe patient characteristics, treatment, and outcome in male cats with urethral obstruction (UO) and fluid overload (FO), and to determine risk factors for the development of FO. DESIGN: Retrospective case-control study from 2002-2012. ANIMALS: Eleven client-owned cats with UO that developed respiratory distress secondary to suspected FO and 51 control cats with UO without FO. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Medical records of cats with UO and FO were identified...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749359/systolic-time-interval-estimation-using-continuous-wave-radar-with-on-body-antennas
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Dilpreet Buxi, Evelien Hermeling, Marco Mercuri, Fabian Beutel, Roberto Garcia van der Westen, Tom Torfs, Jean-Michel Redoute, Mehmet Rasit Yuce
The estimation of systolic time interval (STI)s is done using continuous wave (CW) radar at 2.45GHz with an on-body antenna. MOTIVATION: In the state of the art, typically bioimpedance, heart sounds and / or ultrasound is used to measure STIs. All three methods suffer from insufficient accuracy of STI estimation due to various reasons. CW radar is investigated for its ability to overcome the deficiencies in the state of the art. METHODS: Ten healthy male subjects aged 25-45 were asked to lie down at a 30 degree incline...
July 25, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737634/noise-reduction-to-reduce-patient-anxiety-during-cast-removal-can-we-decrease-patient-anxiety-with-cast-removal-by-wearing-noise-reduction-headphones-during-cast-saw-use
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Susan T Mahan, Marie S Harris, Anneliese M Lierhaus, Patricia E Miller, Rachel L DiFazio
BACKGROUND: Noise reduction headphones decrease the sound during cast removal. Their effectiveness in decreasing anxiety has not been studied. PURPOSE: Compare pediatric patients' anxiety levels during cast removal with and without utilization of noise reduction headphones combined with use of a personal electronic device. METHODS: Quality improvement project. Patients randomly assigned to noise reduction headphone group or standard care group during cast removal...
July 2017: Orthopaedic Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724487/effect-of-wearing-a-telemetry-jacket-on-behavioral-and-physiologic-parameters-of-dogs-in-the-open-field-test
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Richard E Fish, Melanie L Foster, Margaret E Gruen, Barbara L Sherman, Davidc C Dorman
Safety pharmacology studies in dogs often integrate behavioral assessments made using video recording with physiologic measurements collected by telemetry. However, whether merely wearing the telemetry vest affects canine behavior and other parameters has not been evaluated. This pilot study assessed the effect of a telemetry vest on behavioral and physiologic responses to an environmental stressor, the sounds of a thunderstorm, in Labrador retrievers. Dogs were assigned to one of 2 experimental groups (Vest and No-Vest, n = 8 dogs per group) by using a matched pairs design, with a previously determined, sound-associated anxiety score as the blocking variable...
July 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720136/bilateral-multiple-pulmonary-artery-aneurysms-associated-with-cavitary-pulmonary-tuberculosis-a-case-report
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Pedro Pallangyo, Frederick Lyimo, Smita Bhalia, Hilda Makungu, Bashir Nyangasa, Flora Lwakatare, Pal Suranyi, Mohamed Janabi
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary artery aneurysms constitute <1% of aneurysms occurring in the thoracic cavity. Congenital cardiac defects are responsible for the majority (>50%) of cases, however, pulmonary artery aneurysm is a rare sequelae of pulmonary tuberculosis reported in about 5% of patients with chronic cavitary tuberculosis on autopsy. The natural history of this potentially fatal condition remains poorly understood and guidelines for optimal management are controversial. CASE PRESENTATION: A 24-year-old man, a nursing student of African descent, was referred to us from an up-country regional hospital with a 4-week history of recurrent episodes of breathlessness, awareness of heartbeats and coughing blood 3 weeks after completing a 6-month course of anti-tuberculosis drugs...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718893/association-between-maternal-vascular-murmur-and-the-small-for-gestational-age-fetus-with-abnormal-umbilical-artery-doppler-flow
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Diana Riknagel, Richard Farlie, Morten Hedegaard, Peter Humaidan, Johannes J Struijk
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between maternal vascular murmurs (MVMs) and fetal growth restriction (defined as small-for-gestational-age [SGA] fetus) and abnormal Doppler pulsatility index (PI) of the uterine and/or umbilical arteries. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of women aged 18 years or older with a singleton pregnancy at 28-34 weeks was conducted at Regional Hospital Viborg, Denmark, between May 1 and August 1, 2013. Ultrasound fetal biometry was performed and the Doppler PI of the umbilical and uterine arteries was determined...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702947/initial-validation-of-a-healthcare-needs-scale-for-young-people-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Chi-Wen Chen, Ciao-Lin Ho, Wen-Jen Su, Jou-Kou Wang, Hung-Tao Chung, Pi-Chang Lee, Chun-Wei Lu, Be-Tau Hwang
AIM: To validate the initial psychometric properties of a Healthcare Needs Scale for Youth with Congenital Heart Disease. BACKGROUND: As the number of patients with congenital heart disease surviving to adulthood increases, the transitional healthcare needs for adolescents and young adults with congenital heart disease require investigation. However, few tools comprehensively identify the healthcare needs of youth with congenital heart disease. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study was employed to examine the psychometric properties of the Healthcare Needs Scale for Youth with Congenital Heart Disease...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699082/combat-stress-decreases-memory-of-warfighters-in-action
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Rosa Delgado-Moreno, José Juan Robles-Pérez, Vicente Javier Clemente-Suárez
The present research aimed to analyze the effect of combat stress in the psychophysiological response and attention and memory of warfighters in a simulated combat situation. Variables of blood oxygen saturation, heart rate, blood glucose, blood lactate, body temperature, lower body muscular strength manifestation, cortical arousal, autonomic modulation, state anxiety and memory and attention through a postmission questionnaire were analyzed before and after a combat simulation in 20 male professional Spanish Army warfighters...
August 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696334/recent-advances-in-heart-sound-analysis
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Gari D Clifford, Chengyu Liu, Benjamin E Moody, José Millet Roig, Samuel E Schmidt, Qiao Li, Ikaro Silva, Roger G Mark
Heart sounds have been widely studied and have been demonstrated to have value for detecting pathologies in clinical applications. Over the last few decades, the use of heart sound signals has become increasingly uncommon and its practice in modern medicine somewhat diminished, although research into automated analysis has continued. Unfortunately, a comparative analyses of algorithms in the literature have been hindered by the lack of high-quality, rigorously validated, and standardized open databases of heart sound recordings...
July 11, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688483/imaging-of-heart-acoustic-based-on-the-sub-space-methods-using-a-microphone-array
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Hanie Moghaddasi, Farshad Almasganj, Arezoo Zoroufian
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death around the world. Phonocardiogram (PCG) is an important bio-signal which represents the acoustic activity of heart, typically without any spatiotemporal information of the involved acoustic sources. The aim of this study is to analyze the PCG by employing a microphone array by which the heart internal sound sources could be localized, too. METHOD: In this paper, it is intended to propose a modality by which the locations of the active sources in the heart could also be investigated, during a cardiac cycle...
July 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684376/the-association-between-arterial-stiffness-initial-stroke-severity-and-3-week-outcomes-in-patients-with-ischemic-stroke
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Emma Ormerod, Khalid Ali, James Cameron, Muzaffar Malik, Richard Lee, Spas Getov, Chakravarthi Rajkumar
OBJECTIVES: Vascular compliance is emerging as a useful cardiovascular risk factor. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between arterial stiffness and stroke severity at presentation and 3 weeks. METHODS: Forty two patients with acute ischemic stroke (55% male, mean age 71 years) were recruited over 15-months. Stroke subtypes were classified into lacunar circulation infarct (LACI), partial anterior circulation infarct (PACI), and posterior circulation infarct (POCI)...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678697/in-ear-audio-wearable-measurement-of-heart-and-breathing-rates-for-health-and-safety-monitoring
#20
Alexis Martin, Jeremie Voix
OBJECTIVE: This paper examines the integration of a non-invasive vital sign monitoring feature into the workers' hearing protection devices (HPDs) by using a microphone positioned within the earcanal under the HPD. METHODS: 25 test-subjects were asked to breathe at various rhythms and intensities and these realistic sound events were recorded in the earcanal. Digital signal processing algorithms were then developed to assess heart and breathing rates. Finally, to test the robustness of theses algorithms in noisy work environments, industrial noise was added to the in-ear recorded signals and an adaptive denoising filter was used...
June 27, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
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