PMID: 107883Jan 1, 1979

Recording and data processing of electrical signals of the specific atrioventricular conduction pathways in man

Archives des maladies du coeur et des vaisseaux
F HéronM Degeorges

Abstract

Signals of the electrical activity of the specific atrioventricular conduction pathways were recorded with an unipolar lead to obtain an exact time reference. The amplifier used had special characteristics: high gain settings (up to 300,000), very low noise levels, and wide filter range (2 Hz - 1,600 Hz). The low amplitude of the signals under study, of the order of a microvolt, and the wide filter range of the amplifier necessitated placing the patient in a Faraday cage. The signals recorded on magnetic tape were treated by a system of analysis for signal treatment. The method of averaging was used to extract the signal from background noise especially that arising from somatic muscle. The amplitude of the Hisian signal was much larger than that usually obtained with other methods. The intervals were determined with precision of the order of 1 millisecond. Frequential analysis of the signals gave another representation of the information contained in the time signals. This new representation seems to give better discrimination of the different zones of activation of the specific atrioventricular conduction pathways.

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