DENS-ECG: A deep learning approach for ECG signal delineation

Abdolrahman Peimankar, Sadasivan Puthusserypady*

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Objectives: With the technological advancements in the field of tele-health monitoring, it is now possible to gather huge amount of electro-physiological signals such as the electrocardiogram (ECG). It is therefore necessary to develop models/algorithms that are capable of analysing these massive amount of data in real-time. This paper proposes a deep learning model for real-time segmentation of heartbeats. Methods: The proposed DENS-ECG algorithm, combines convolutional neural network (CNN) and long short-term memory (LSTM) model to detect onset, peak, and offset of different heartbeat waveforms such as the P-waves, QRS complexes, T-waves, and No waves (NW). Using ECG as the inputs, the model learns to extract high level features through the training process, which, unlike other classical machine learning based methods, eliminates the feature engineering step. Results: The proposed DENS-ECG model was trained and validated on a dataset with 105 ECG records of length 15 min each and achieved an average sensitivity and precision of 97.95% and 95.68%, respectively, using a stratified 5-fold cross validation. Additionally, the model was evaluated on an unseen dataset to examine its robustness in QRS detection, which resulted in a sensitivity of 99.61% and precision of 99.52%. Conclusion: The empirical results show the flexibility and accuracy of the combined CNN-LSTM model for ECG signal delineation. Significance: This paper proposes an efficient and easy to use approach using deep learning for heartbeat segmentation, which could potentially be used in real-time tele-health monitoring systems.
Original languageEnglish
Article number113911
JournalExpert Systems with Applications
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Convolutional neural network (CNN)
  • Deep learning
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Long short-term memory (LSTM)
  • Signal delineation


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