MedalCare-XL: 16,900 healthy and pathological synthetic 12 lead ECGs from electrophysiological simulations

Karli Gillette, Matthias A. F. Gsell, Claudia Nagel, Jule Bender, Benjamin Winkler, Steven E. Williams, Markus Bär, Tobias Schäffter, Olaf Dössel, Gernot Plank, Axel Loewe

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Mechanistic cardiac electrophysiology models allow for personalized simulations of the electrical activity in the heart and the ensuing electrocardiogram (ECG) on the body surface. As such, synthetic signals possess known ground truth labels of the underlying disease and can be employed for validation of machine learning ECG analysis tools in addition to clinical signals. Recently, synthetic ECGs were used to enrich sparse clinical data or even replace them completely during training leading to improved performance on real-world clinical test data. We thus generated a novel synthetic database comprising a total of 16,900 12 lead ECGs based on electrophysiological simulations equally distributed into healthy control and 7 pathology classes. The pathological case of myocardial infraction had 6 sub-classes. A comparison of extracted features between the virtual cohort and a publicly available clinical ECG database demonstrated that the synthetic signals represent clinical ECGs for healthy and pathological subpopulations with high fidelity. The ECG database is split into training, validation, and test folds for development and objective assessment of novel machine learning algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
JournalScientific Data
Issue number1
Early online date8 Aug 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Aug 2023


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