The MIT-BIH Noise Stress Test Database

This database is described in

Moody GB, Muldrow WE, Mark RG. A noise stress test for arrhythmia detectors. Computers in Cardiology 1984; 11:381-384.

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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).
sample ECG recording

This database includes 12 half-hour ECG recordings and 3 half-hour recordings of noise typical in ambulatory ECG recordings. The noise recordings were made using physically active volunteers and standard ECG recorders, leads, and electrodes; the electrodes were placed on the limbs in positions in which the subjects’ ECGs were not visible. The three noise records were assembled from the recordings by selecting intervals that contained predominantly baseline wander (in record 'bw'), muscle (EMG) artifact (in record 'ma'), and electrode motion artifact (in record 'em'). Electrode motion artifact is generally considered the most troublesome, since it can mimic the appearance of ectopic beats and cannot be removed easily by simple filters, as can noise of other types.

The ECG recordings were created by the script nstdbgen- using two clean recordings (118 and 119) from the MIT-BIH Arrhythmia Database, to which calibrated amounts of noise from record 'em' were added using nst. (The process of making such records is now simpler; the simplified script nstdbgen can be used with current versions of the WFDB software package to recreate these records.) Noise was added beginning after the first 5 minutes of each record, during two-minute segments alternating with two-minute clean segments. The signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) during the noisy segments of these records are:

RecordSNR (dB)RecordSNR (dB)
118e2424119e2424
118e1818119e1818
118e1212119e1212
118e06 6119e06 6
118e00 0119e00 0
118e_6-6119e_6-6

Since the original ECG recordings are clean, the correct beat annotations are known even when the noise makes the recordings visually unreadable. The reference annotations for these records are simply copies of those for the original clean ECGs.

Icon  Name                    Last modified      Size  Description
[DIR] Parent Directory - [   ] 118e00.atr 01-Aug-1992 23:35 4.5K reference annotations [   ] 118e00.dat 02-Aug-1992 04:05 2.5M digitized signal(s) [   ] 118e00.hea 02-Aug-1992 04:05 173 header file [XWS] 118e00.xws 12-Dec-1999 17:29 91 WAVEScript [   ] 118e06.atr 02-Aug-1992 04:04 4.5K reference annotations [   ] 118e06.dat 02-Aug-1992 04:04 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] 118e06.hea 02-Aug-1992 04:04 175 header file [XWS] 118e06.xws 12-Dec-1999 17:29 91 WAVEScript [   ] 118e12.atr 02-Aug-1992 04:04 4.5K reference annotations [   ] 118e12.dat 02-Aug-1992 04:04 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] 118e12.hea 02-Aug-1992 04:04 177 header file [XWS] 118e12.xws 12-Dec-1999 17:29 91 WAVEScript [   ] 118e18.atr 02-Aug-1992 04:03 4.5K reference annotations [   ] 118e18.dat 02-Aug-1992 04:03 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] 118e18.hea 02-Aug-1992 04:03 175 header file [XWS] 118e18.xws 12-Dec-1999 17:29 91 WAVEScript [   ] 118e24.atr 02-Aug-1992 04:03 4.5K reference annotations [   ] 118e24.dat 02-Aug-1992 04:03 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] 118e24.hea 02-Aug-1992 04:03 176 header file [XWS] 118e24.xws 12-Dec-1999 17:29 91 WAVEScript [   ] 118e_6.atr 02-Aug-1992 04:06 4.5K reference annotations [   ] 118e_6.dat 02-Aug-1992 04:06 2.5M digitized signal(s) [   ] 118e_6.hea 02-Aug-1992 04:06 172 header file [XWS] 118e_6.xws 12-Dec-1999 17:29 91 WAVEScript [   ] 119e00.atr 02-Aug-1992 04:09 4.7K reference annotations [   ] 119e00.dat 02-Aug-1992 04:09 2.5M digitized signal(s) [   ] 119e00.hea 02-Aug-1992 04:09 170 header file [XWS] 119e00.xws 12-Dec-1999 17:29 91 WAVEScript [   ] 119e06.atr 02-Aug-1992 04:08 4.7K reference annotations [   ] 119e06.dat 02-Aug-1992 04:08 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] 119e06.hea 02-Aug-1992 04:08 175 header file [XWS] 119e06.xws 12-Dec-1999 17:29 91 WAVEScript [   ] 119e12.atr 02-Aug-1992 04:08 4.7K reference annotations [   ] 119e12.dat 02-Aug-1992 04:08 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] 119e12.hea 02-Aug-1992 04:08 174 header file [XWS] 119e12.xws 12-Dec-1999 17:29 91 WAVEScript [   ] 119e18.atr 02-Aug-1992 04:07 4.7K reference annotations [   ] 119e18.dat 02-Aug-1992 04:07 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] 119e18.hea 02-Aug-1992 04:07 175 header file [XWS] 119e18.xws 12-Dec-1999 17:29 91 WAVEScript [   ] 119e24.atr 02-Aug-1992 04:06 4.7K reference annotations [   ] 119e24.dat 02-Aug-1992 04:06 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] 119e24.hea 02-Aug-1992 04:06 175 header file [XWS] 119e24.xws 12-Dec-1999 17:29 91 WAVEScript [   ] 119e_6.atr 02-Aug-1992 04:10 4.7K reference annotations [   ] 119e_6.dat 02-Aug-1992 04:10 2.5M digitized signal(s) [   ] 119e_6.hea 02-Aug-1992 04:10 171 header file [XWS] 119e_6.xws 12-Dec-1999 17:29 91 WAVEScript [   ] ANNOTATORS 13-Oct-2000 22:32 59 list of annotators [   ] MD5SUMS 13-Jul-2005 01:17 2.8K [   ] RECORDS 29-Mar-2000 10:12 93 list of record names [   ] SHA1SUMS 13-Jul-2005 01:17 3.3K [   ] SHA256SUMS 18-Sep-2007 12:39 4.9K [   ] bw.dat 02-Aug-1992 03:39 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] bw.hea 14-Feb-2012 18:28 93 header file [   ] bw.hea- 02-Aug-1992 03:39 117 header file [XWS] bw.xws 12-Dec-1999 17:29 80 WAVEScript [   ] em.dat 02-Aug-1992 03:39 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] em.hea 14-Feb-2012 18:28 92 header file [   ] em.hea- 02-Aug-1992 03:39 116 header file [XWS] em.xws 12-Dec-1999 17:29 80 WAVEScript [   ] ma.dat 02-Aug-1992 03:39 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] ma.hea 14-Feb-2012 18:28 90 header file [   ] ma.hea- 02-Aug-1992 03:39 114 header file [XWS] ma.xws 12-Dec-1999 17:29 80 WAVEScript [   ] nstdb.doc 02-Aug-1992 04:54 1.9K [TXT] nstdb.txt 02-Aug-1992 04:54 1.9K [   ] nstdbgen 08-Nov-2002 03:01 730 [   ] nstdbgen- 02-Aug-1992 03:39 1.2K [DIR] old/ 14-Jul-2011 10:50 -

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