Estimation of f-wave Dominant Frequency Using a Voting Scheme

Shany Biton1, Mahmoud Suleiman2, Noam Ben Moshe3, Leif Sornmo4, Joachim A. Behar5
1Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Technion-IIT, 2Department of Cardiology, Rambam Medical Center and Technion The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport, 3Technion, 4Department of Biomedical Engineering, Lund University, 5Technion-IIT


Introduction: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart arrhythmia, characterized by the presence of fibrillatory waves (f-waves) in the ECG. We introduce a voting scheme to estimate the dominant atrial frequency (DAF) of f-waves.

Methods: We analysed a subset of Holter recordings obtained from the University of Virginia AF Database. 100 Holter recordings with manually annotated AF events, resulting in a total 363 AF events lasting more than 1~min. The f-waves were extracted using four different template subtraction (TS) algorithms and the DAF was estimated from the first 1-min window of each AF event. A random forest classifier was used. We hypothesized that better extraction of the f-wave meant better AF/non-AF classification using the DAF as the single input feature of the RF model.

Results: Performance on the test set, expressed in terms of AF/non-AF classification, was the best when the DAF was computed using TS then TS_SU and then TS_CE. Using these three methods in a voting scheme, the classifier obtained AUC=0.60 and the DAFs were mostly spread around 6Hz, 5.66 (4.83-7.47).

Conclusions: This study has two novel contributions: (1) a method for assessing the performance of f-wave extraction algorithms, and (2) a voting scheme for improved DAF estimation.