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Prediction of vascular aging based on smartphone acquired PPG signals

Dall'Olio, L; Curti, N; Remondini, D; Safi Harb, Y; Asselbergs, FW; Castellani, G; Uh, H-W; (2020) Prediction of vascular aging based on smartphone acquired PPG signals. Scientific Reports , 10 , Article 19756. 10.1038/s41598-020-76816-6. Green open access

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Photoplethysmography (PPG) measured by smartphone has the potential for a large scale, non-invasive, and easy-to-use screening tool. Vascular aging is linked to increased arterial stiffness, which can be measured by PPG. We investigate the feasibility of using PPG to predict healthy vascular aging (HVA) based on two approaches: machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL). We performed data preprocessing, including detrending, demodulating, and denoising on the raw PPG signals. For ML, ridge penalized regression has been applied to 38 features extracted from PPG, whereas for DL several convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have been applied to the whole PPG signals as input. The analysis has been conducted using the crowd-sourced Heart for Heart data. The prediction performance of ML using two features (AUC of 94.7%) – the a wave of the second derivative PPG and tpr, including four covariates, sex, height, weight, and smoking – was similar to that of the best performing CNN, 12-layer ResNet (AUC of 95.3%). Without having the heavy computational cost of DL, ML might be advantageous in finding potential biomarkers for HVA prediction. The whole workflow of the procedure is clearly described, and open software has been made available to facilitate replication of the results.

Type: Article
Title: Prediction of vascular aging based on smartphone acquired PPG signals
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-76816-6
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-76816-6
Language: English
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Keywords: Biomarkers, Cardiology, Computational biology and bioinformatics, Medical research
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Health Informatics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10115869
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