Improved Measurement of Blood Pressure by Extraction of Characteristic Features from the Cuff Oscillometric Waveform. Academic Article uri icon


  • We present a novel approach to improve the estimation of systolic (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) from oscillometric waveform data using variable characteristic ratios between SBP and DBP with mean arterial pressure (MAP). This was verified in 25 healthy subjects, aged 28 5 years. The multiple linear regression (MLR) and support vector regression (SVR) models were used to examine the relationship between the SBP and the DBP ratio with ten features extracted from the oscillometric waveform envelope (OWE). An automatic algorithm based on relative changes in the cuff pressure and neighbouring oscillometric pulses was proposed to remove outlier points caused by movement artifacts. Substantial reduction in the mean and standard deviation of the blood pressure estimation errors were obtained upon artifact removal. Using the sequential forward floating selection (SFFS) approach, we were able to achieve a significant reduction in the mean and standard deviation of differences between the estimated SBP values and the reference scoring (MLR: mean SD = -0.3 5.8 mmHg; SVR and -0.6 5.4 mmHg) with only two features, i.e., Ratio2 and Area3, as compared to the conventional maximum amplitude algorithm (MAA) method (mean SD = -1.6 8.6 mmHg). Comparing the performance of both MLR and SVR models, our results showed that the MLR model was able to achieve comparable performance to that of the SVR model despite its simplicity.

published proceedings

  • Sensors (Basel)

altmetric score

  • 9

author list (cited authors)

  • Lim, P. K., Ng, S., Jassim, W. A., Redmond, S. J., Zilany, M., Avolio, A., ... Lovell, N. H.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Lim, Pooi Khoon||Ng, Siew-Cheok||Jassim, Wissam A||Redmond, Stephen J||Zilany, Mohammad||Avolio, Alberto||Lim, Einly||Tan, Maw Pin||Lovell, Nigel H

publication date

  • January 2015