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

Abstract


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/1980-0037.2015v17n4p409

 

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.


Keywords


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.