Measuring the Autonomic Nervous System

Introduction  The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is a complex network of nerves and ganglia which work to regulate a variety of sensory and motor systems without conscious effort (Berntson 2006). It is separated into two branches, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. These two branches have very clear points of […]

Improving Data Quality: Cardiac Impedance

Before reading this article, check out these basic guidelines for ensuring good data collection which are universally applicable. Now we will get a bit more focused, and talk about signal specific data quality issues that can arise and how to deal with them. Disclaimer: Labeling data “good” or “bad” is […]

All About Cardiac Impedance Part 5: Data Editing

Select analysis version to view the applicable content: Now that we have talked about meaningful statistics in impedance cardiography and how they are calculated, we need to take a step back and make sure the data are clean and free of artifact. There are two steps for editing in impedance cardiography – […]

All About Cardiac Impedance Part 1: Introduction to Cardiac Impedance

All About Cardiac Impedance Cardiac impedance is a measurement of the mechanical activation of the heart. By recording cardiac impedance in conjunction with the electrical activation of the heart, the electrocardiogram (ECG), we can gain insight into sympathetic nervous system influence through measures such as Pre-Ejection Period, Stroke Volume, and Cardiac […]