96 страниц. 2012 год. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing Scope and Method of Study: This research investigates an approach to derive respiration waveform from heart sound signals, and compare the waveform signal obtained thus with those obtained from alternative methods for deriving respiration waveforms from measured ECG signals. The investigations indicate that HSR can lead to a cost effective alternative to the use of respiratory vests to analyze cardiorespiratory dynamics for clinical diagnostics and wellness assessments. The derived respiratory rate was further used to classify Type III sleep apnea periods using recurrence analysis. Detection of patterns causing sleep apnea could open up opportunities to researchers to better understand and predict symptoms leading to disorders linked with sleep apnea like hypertension, sudden infant death syndrome, high blood pressure and a risk of heart attack.