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Scaling and correlation properties of RR and QT intervals at the cellular level

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Original languageEnglish
Article number3651
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


We study complex scaling properties of RR and QT intervals of electrocardiograms (ECGs) with their equivalences at the cellular level, that is, inter-beat intervals (IBI) and field potential durations (FPD) of spontaneously beating human-induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte (hiPSC-CM) aggregates. Our detrended fluctuation analysis and Poincaré plots reveal remarkable similarities between the ECG and hiPSC-CM data. In particular, no statistically significant difference was found in the short- and long-term scaling exponents α 1 and α 2 of RR and QT intervals and their cellular equivalences. Previously unknown scaling properties of FPDs of hiPSC-CM aggregates reveal that the increasing scaling exponent of QT intervals as a function of the time scale, is an intrinsic feature at the cellular level.

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Field of science, Statistics Finland