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American Heart Association ECG Database DVD

Do you need a resource to help develop and test your cardiac arrhythmia detection and analysis equipment?

Do physicians and staff at your facility need to be trained to identify different cardiac arrhythmias?

American Heart Association ECG Database
The American Heart Association (AHA) developed a database of arrhythmias and normal electrocardiograms (ECG) contained in two series of meticulously-edited, beat-by-beat, annotated recordings. For years, the AHA ECG database recording has been the ultimate measure of accuracy and reliability for evaluating ECG arrhythmia detection equipment.

Ideal ECG Arrhythmia Detector Evaluation Tool Now on DVD
The AHA ECG database is now available on one convenient DVD reformatted for use with windows-based operating systems. With the new DVD, you can now develop your arrhythmia detection routines using series one recordings and check your final routines using series two recordings.

Perfect Training Tool
Health professionals benefit from training with the annotated recordings because of the careful identification of specific arrhythmias.  This is an asset for medical schools, hospital in-service training, and technical training programs. Use the viewer (included with the database on the DVD) to view ECGs with or without the beat-by-beat annotation visible.

Eight Arrhythmia Categories
The recently-released DVD contains a total of 155 recordings including the following arrhythmia categories:

  • No PVCs
  • Isolated Uniform PVCs
  • Isolated Multiform PVCs
  • Bigeminy
  • R-on-T Beats
  • Couplets
  • Ventricular Rhythms
  • Ventricular Fibrillation or Ventricular Flutter Beats

Each recording is three hours long and the beats in the last 30 minutes have been classified.  The digitized information includes: 2-channel ECG data at 250 samples/second, 12-bit precision; beat arrhythmia classification data; and timing data. 

How Recordings Were Developed
Development of the arrhythmia database started in 1977 as a project of the American Heart Association, Council on Clinical Cardiology, Committee on Electrocardiography and Clinical Electrophysiology.  The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute provided funding. The recordings were developed from recordings of actual patients and donated to the project by a number of institutions. Thousands of subjects were considered during the process of selection and editing.  ECRI Institute is the exclusive custodian of the recordings.

How Can We Help You?
Whether you’d like to find out more about the product described above, or you need tools to help you meet other challenges, our experts can help. For ordering and product information, please contact us, e-mail your request to Client Management Services, or call us at 610-825-6000, ext. 5891.