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Project Aim

Our aim is to find a link between heart rate variability (HRV) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

HRV is a powerful non-intrusive way to measure the body's activity. We are passionate in finding this link between HRV and OSA, because it could lead to HRV being used as a biomarker or early detection method for OSA.

Additoinally, OSA is a very serious condition that impacts an estimated 1.5 million people in the UK. Early detection and tracking is important for OSA, because if left untreated, OSA can lead to: various cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and just general lower quality of life. We hope that our research can lead to people getting diagnnosed and treated earlier in their condition; to decrease the likelihood of worse conditions from developing.

Project Overview

Our plan for finding this link is by analysing publically avaialble ECG signals of OSA patients, finding their HRV parameters, and then comparing it to healthy individuals. There is already existing research that suggests this link exists, but we wanted to produce a more concrete relation and find out how the link could potentially be applied to clinicians or domestically.

Currently clinicians use ECGs to analyse sleep apnea and its severity, but HRV is noty a biomarker that's copnsidered.