T-Wave Alternans Challenge Database

This database is described in

Moody GB, The PhysioNet / Computers in Cardiology Challenge 2008: T-Wave Alternans. Computers in Cardiology 35:505-508; 2008.

Please cite this publication when referencing this material, and also include the standard citation for PhysioNet:

Goldberger AL, Amaral LAN, Glass L, Hausdorff JM, Ivanov PCh, Mark RG, Mietus JE, Moody GB, Peng C-K, Stanley HE. PhysioBank, PhysioToolkit, and PhysioNet: Components of a New Research Resource for Complex Physiologic Signals. Circulation 101(23):e215-e220 [Circulation Electronic Pages; http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/full/101/23/e215]; 2000 (June 13).

This database has been assembled for the PhysioNet/Computers in Cardiology Challenge 2008. It contains 100 multichannel ECG records sampled at 500 Hz with 16 bit resolution over a ± 32 mV range. The subjects include patients with myocardial infarctions, transient ischemia, ventricular tachyarrhythmias, and other risk factors for sudden cardiac death, as well as healthy controls and synthetic cases with calibrated amounts of T-wave alternans. Specific information about individual records (which was withheld during the challenge) is now available here.

Since these records come from a variety of sources, some of them have been resampled and scaled from original recordings sampled at higher or lower resolution in order to present them in a uniform format here. In most cases, each record contains the standard 12 diagnostic ECG signals, but a few contain only 2 or 3 signals. Each record is approximately two minutes in duration.

Each record consists of 3 files in standard PhysioBank format:

For convenience, the entire collection of records in this directory (.hea, .dat, and .qrs files) can be downloaded in a single compressed archive file, twadb.tar.gz (about 72 Mb). Instructions for unpacking .tar.gz archive files are here.

The WFDB Software Package, freely available from this site, contains a wide variety of open-source applications for reading, viewing, reformatting, and analyzing these files and those belonging to other PhysioBank records. You can also write your own software that reads these files using the WFDB library included in the WFDB Software Package. Alternatively, see How to obtain PhysioBank data in text form.