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Wavelet analysis of oscillations in the peripheral blood circulation measured by laser Doppler technique

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/10/1999
<mark>Journal</mark>IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
Issue number10
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)1230-1239
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The wavelet transform technique, a time-frequency method with logarithmic frequency resolution, was used to analyze oscillations in human peripheral blood flow measured by laser Doppler flowmetry. The oscillations extended over a wide frequency scale and their periods varied in time. Within the frequency range studied, 0.0095-1.6 Hz, five characteristic oscillations were revealed, arising from both local and central regulatory mechanisms. After the insertion of endothelium-dependent and endothelium-independent vasodilators the spectra of blood flow markedly differed in the frequency interval 0.0095-0.02 Hz. In this way it was demonstrated thai endothelial activity is a rhythmic process that contributes to oscillations in blood flow with a characteristic frequency of around 0.01 Hz. The study illustrates the potential of laser Doppler flowmetry combined with dynamical systems analysis for studies of both the micro- and macroscopic mechanisms of blood flow regulation in vivo.