Acoustic speech analysis of patients with decompensated heart failure: A pilot study

Olivia M. Murton, Robert E. Hillman, Daryush D. Mehta, Marc Semigran, Maureen Daher, Thomas Cunningham, Karla Verkouw, Sara Tabtabai, Johannes Steiner, G. William Dec, Dennis Ausiello

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This pilot study used acoustic speech analysis to monitor patients with heart failure (HF), which is characterized by increased intracardiac filling pressures and peripheral edema. HF-related edema in the vocal folds and lungs is hypothesized to affect phonation and speech respiration. Acoustic measures of vocal perturbation and speech breathing characteristics were computed from sustained vowels and speech passages recorded daily from ten patients with HF undergoing inpatient diuretic treatment. After treatment, patients displayed a higher proportion of automatically identified creaky voice, increased fundamental frequency, and decreased cepstral peak prominence variation, suggesting that speech biomarkers can be early indicators of HF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)EL401-EL407
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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