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Transfer entropy to characterize brain-heart topology in sleep apnea patients treated with continuous positive airway pressure
Author(s): Alexander Cerquera; Alvaro Orjuela-Cañón; Jessica Roa-Huertas; Jan A. Freund; Gabriel Juliá-Serdá; Antonio Ravelo-García
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Paper Abstract

Transfer entropy (TE) is a nonlinear metric employed recently in polysomnography (PSG) recordings to quantify the topological characteristics of the brain-heart physiological network. The present study applies the TE to evaluate its usefulness to identify quantitative differences in PSG registers of patients diagnosed with oclusive sleep apnea (OSA), before and after a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) therapy. PSG recordings corresponding to 19 OSA patients were analysed under the rationale that the set of EEG subbands represents the sympathetic activity of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), and the high frequency component of the heart rate variability (HRV) represents the parasympathetic activity. The TE was computed based on a binning estimation and the results were analyzed via effect size calculation. The results showed that the sympathetic activity is increased in the presence of OSA, which is represented by the increased flow of information among brain subsystems and dropping to values close to zero during CPAP therapy. In contrast, the parasympathetic activity showed to be reduced in the presence of OSA and augmented during the CPAP therapy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 January 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10160, 12th International Symposium on Medical Information Processing and Analysis, 1016003 (26 January 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2256836
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Alexander Cerquera, Univ. Antonio Nariño (Colombia)
Alvaro Orjuela-Cañón, Univ. Antonio Nariño (Colombia)
Jessica Roa-Huertas, Univ. Antonio Nariño (Colombia)
Jan A. Freund, Carl von Ossietzky Univ. of Oldenburg (Germany)
Gabriel Juliá-Serdá, Hospital Univ. de Gran Canaria (Spain)
Antonio Ravelo-García, Univ. de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10160:
12th International Symposium on Medical Information Processing and Analysis
Eduardo Romero; Natasha Lepore; Jorge Brieva; Jorge Brieva; Ignacio Larrabide; , Editor(s)

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