An Automated Interpulse Duration Assessment system (AIDA) is described which permits detection of irregularities in cardiac rhythms in selected invertebrates. The sensitivity of AIDA was demonstrated by its ability to detect handling stress in mussels (Mytilus edulis) that was not evident when measuring heart rate alone. Changes in cardiac activity patterns of crabs (Carcinus maenas) held in the laboratory for up to 10 wk was also examined using the new technique. The frequency distribution of interpulse duration changed significantly as the nutritional state changed. Potential applications of the AIDA system are discussed.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
Depledge, M. H., Lundebye, A. K., Curtis, T., Aagaard, A., & Andersen, B. B. (1996). Automated interpulse-duration assessment (AIDA): A new technique for detecting disturbances in cardiac activity in selected macroinvertebrates. Marine Biology, 126, 313-319.