A wavelet-based reduction of heart sound noise from lung sounds

Leontios J. Hadjileontiadis, Stavros M. Panas

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Heart sounds produce an incessant noise during lung sounds recordings. This noise severely contaminates the breath sounds signal and interferes in the analysis of lung sounds. In this paper, the use of a wavelet transform domain filtering technique as an adaptive de-noising tool, implemented in lung sounds analysis, is presented. The multiresolution representations of the signal, produced by wavelet transform, are used for signal structure extraction. In addition, the use of hard thresholding in the wavelet transform domain results in a separation of the nonstationary part of the input signal (heart sounds) from the stationary one (lung sounds). Thus, the location of the heart sound noise (1st and 2nd heart sound peaks) is automatically detected, without requiring any noise reference signal. Experimental results have shown that the implementation of this wavelet- based filter in lung sound analysis results in an efficient reduction of the superimposed heart sound noise, producing an almost noise-free output signal. Due to its simplicity and its fast implementation the method can easily be used in clinical medicine.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)183-190
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - 1 Oct 1998


  • Heart sounds
  • Lung sounds
  • Noise reduction
  • Stationary- nonstationary outputs
  • Wavelets


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