Accuracy of the Suunto system for heart rate variability analysis during a tilt-test

Anthony Bouillod, Johan Cassirame, Jean Marc Bousson, Yoshimasa Sagawa Jr, Nicolas Tordi




The aim of this study was to assess the accuracy of the Suunto Memory Belt (SMB) heart rate (HR) recorder compared with that of a standard electrocardiogram system (ECG) and compared the heart rate variability (HRV) analyses conducted with each dataset. Heart rate was simultaneously recorded using ECG and SMB in fifteen participants [mean (SD) age 27.3 (13.9) years, height 177.4 (10.2) cm and body mass 66.8 (15.3) kg] during an orthostatic tilt test. The two datasets were analysed to compare the number and type of R-R interval artefacts and indices from HRV (RMSSD, pNN50, HF, LF, SD1, and SD2). For artefact detection, 16,742 R-R intervals were analysed during all recordings. Only 18 artefacts, 9 type 1 (long R-R interval) and 9 type 2 (short R-R interval), were identified with the SMB. Bland-Altman analysis indicated excellent accuracy for the SMB, with limits of agreement of -2.00 and +1.94 ms. Further, the reference and SMB systems were strongly correlated. The similarity between each device indicated that the SMB could reliably record R-R intervals.


Heart rate; Physiology; Validation studies

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The abbreviated title of the journal is Rev. Bras. Cineantropom. Desempenho Hum, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references. E-ISSN 1980-0037, impressa ISSN 1415-8426, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, BrazilThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Atribuição 3.0 Unported License.