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These time series show the heart rates of four different individuals.

Automakers use steel scraps to build cars, construction companies repurpose tires to lay running tracks, and now scientists are reusing previously discarded medical data to better understand our complex physiology. Through a Web site called PhysioNet developed in part by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center cardiologist Ary Goldberger, scientists can access complete physiologic recordings, such as heart rate, respiration, brain activity and gait. They then can use free software to analyze the data and find patterns in it. The patterns could ultimately help health care professionals diagnose and treat health conditions like congestive heart failure, sleeping disorders, epilepsy and walking problems.

PhysioNet is supported by NIH's National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering as well as by NIGMS.

This video was featured in the February 18, 2009, issue of Biomedical Beat.

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Madalena Costa and Ary Goldberger, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Madalena Costa and Ary Goldberger, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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