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1. WO2020193843 - AN APPARATUS AND A METHOD FOR QT CORRECTION

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Claims:

1. A method comprising

receiving an electrocardiogram, ECG, signal;

extracting a plurality of beat-to-beat (RR) intervals;

extracting a plurality of QT intervals;

computing a first probability distribution for a range of QT values based on the plurality of QT intervals;

computing a second probability distribution for a range of QT values based on the plurality of QT intervals and the plurality of RR intervals; solving one or more points, wherein the first probability distribution and the second probability distribution intersect or wherein a difference between the first probability distribution and the second probability distribution is below a pre-defined difference threshold;

designating one of one or more QT values corresponding to the one or more solved points as a corrected QT interval for a given QT interval of the plurality of QT intervals.

2. The method according to claim 1 ,

wherein the first probability distribution defines a probability of detecting the given QT interval of the plurality of QT intervals provided the QT interval(s) prior to the given QT interval were detected.

3. The method according to claim 1 or 2,

wherein the second probability distribution defines a probability of detecting the given QT interval of the plurality of QT intervals provided the QT interval(s) prior to the given QT interval and the RR interval(s) prior to the given QT interval or a given RR interval of the plurality of RR intervals were detected.

4. The method according to claim 2 or 3, wherein the QT intervals prior to the given QT interval comprise 5 to 10 QT intervals preceding the given QT interval.

5. The method according to claim 3, wherein the RR intervals prior to the given RR interval comprise 5 to 10 RR intervals preceding the given RR interval.

6. The method according to any of the claims 1 to 5, further comprising designating the one or more QT values corresponding to the one or more solved points as one or more candidate QT intervals for the given QT interval; and

selecting a candidate QT interval which is closest to a QT interval observed at a pre-defined heart rate to be designated as the corrected QT interval.

7. The method according to claim 6, further comprising

in response to not observing the pre-defined heart rate, extrapolating QT and RR data derived from the ECG signal towards the pre-defined heart rate.

8. The method according to any of the claims 1 to 5, further comprising designating the one or more QT values corresponding to the one or more solved points as one or more candidate QT intervals for the given QT interval; and

selecting a candidate QT interval which has a maximum probability to be designated as the corrected QT interval.

9. The method according to any of the claims 1 to 5, further comprising designating the one or more QT values corresponding to the one or more solved points as one or more candidate QT intervals for the given QT interval; and

- forming a relation based on at least a probability of a candidate QT interval, a distance between the QT candidate interval and a QT interval observed at a pre-defined heart rate, and a distance between the QT candidate interval and the given QT interval;

- selecting a candidate QT interval minimizing the relation to be designated as the corrected QT interval.

10. The method according to any of the claims 1 to 9, further comprising one or more of:

providing the corrected QT interval for display;

providing results determined based on an electrocardiography recording for display;

causing an alarm if the corrected QT interval is below a first pre-defined threshold or above a second pre-defined threshold.

1 1. An apparatus comprising means for performing:

receiving an ECG signal;

extracting a plurality of beat-to-beat (RR) intervals;

extracting a plurality of QT intervals;

computing a first probability distribution for a range of QT values based on the plurality of QT intervals;

computing a second probability distribution for a range of QT values based on the plurality of QT intervals and the plurality of RR intervals; solving one or more points, wherein the first probability distribution and the second probability distribution intersect or wherein a difference between the first probability distribution and the second probability distribution is below a pre-defined difference threshold;

designating one of one or more QT values corresponding to the one or more solved points as a corrected QT interval for a given QT interval of the plurality of QT intervals.

12. The apparatus according to claim 1 1 wherein the means are further configured to perform the method according to any of the claims 2 to 10.

13. The apparatus according to claim 1 1 or 12, wherein the means comprises at least one processor; at least one memory including computer program code; the at least one memory and the computer program code configured to, with the at least one processor, cause the performance of the apparatus.

14. The apparatus according to claim 1 1 to 13, wherein the apparatus is a wearable monitoring device or an electrocardiogram monitoring device.

15. A computer program comprising computer program code configured to, when executed on at least one processor, cause an apparatus to perform the method of any of the claims 1 to 10.