ABP/PPG peak detection

This document describes how to perform automatic peak detection in pulsatile signals.


This task perform peak detection in pulsatile signals such as arterial blood pressure (ABP) or plethysmographic (PPG). The task uses two algorithms to achieve pulse detection, and, as in QRS detection task you can choose to use any of them.

Input Arguments

The properties that the ECGtask_PPG_ABP_detector class accepts are described below. The usage of these properties is restricted to low-level programming, you can use this task through the ECGwrapper as is shown in the example below.

progress_handle — Used to track the progress within your function. [] (default)

progress_handle, is a handle to a progress_bar object, that can be used to track the progress within your function.

tmp_path — The path to store temporary data. tempdir() (default)

A folder to store temporary data. Full path to a directory with write privileges.

lead_config — Select which signals to process. 'PPG-ABP-only' (default)

This property control on which signals the pulse detection algorithms will be applied. A cell string or char with any of the following names:

  • all-leads’. Process all leads.
  • PPG-ABP-only’. Detect pulsatile signals based on their ECG_header.desc description variable.
  • User-defined-leads’. Tell the algorithm (with PPG_ABP_idx property) which signal indexes to process, from 1 to ECG_header.nsig

PPG_ABP_idx — The indexes corresponding to pulsatile signals [] (default)

A value from 1 to ECG_header.nsig indicating the column indexes (of the signal matrix ECG) where pulsatile signals are located. By default this task process all signals.

detectors — The PPG/ABP detection algorithms to use 'all-detectors' (default)

Select which algorithm to use. A cell string or char with any of the following names:


Create the ECGtask_PPG_ABP_detector object.

% with the task name
    ECG_w.ECGtaskHandle = 'PPG_ABP_detector';
% or create an specific handle to have more control
    ECGt_PPG = ECGtask_PPG_ABP_detector();

and then you are ready to set the algorithms to use. In the following example you have several possible set-ups.

% select an specific algorithm. Default: Run all detectors
    ECGt_PPG.detectors = 'wavePPG'; % A J. Lazaro algorithm for peak detection
    ECGt_PPG.detectors = 'wabp';  % Another algorithm from Physionet

Finally set the task to the wrapper object, and execute the task.

ECG_w.ECGtaskHandle= ECGt_PPG; % set the ECG task

You can check the result of this task, with either the detection corrector or the visualization functions.

Also check this example for further information.

Results format

The result file have the same format than QRS detection task.

More About

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