This paper presents a model-based blind system identification approach to estimation of central aortic blood pressure (BP) waveform from noninvasive diametric circulatory signals. First, we developed a mathematical model to reproduce the relationship between central aortic BP waveform and a class of noninvasive circulatory signals at diametric locations by combining models to represent wave propagation in the artery, arterial pressure–volume relationship, and mechanics of the measurement instrument. Second, we formulated the problem of estimating central aortic BP waveform from noninvasive diametric circulatory signals into a blind system identification problem. Third, we performed identifiability analysis to show that the mathematical model could be identified and its parameters determined up to an unknown scale. Finally, we illustrated the feasibility of the approach by applying it to estimate central aortic BP waveform from two diametric pulse volume recording (PVR) signals. Experimental results from ten human subjects showed that the proposed approach could estimate central aortic BP waveform accurately: the average root-mean-squared error (RMSE) associated with the central aortic BP waveform was 4.1 mm Hg (amounting to 4.5% of the underlying mean BP) while the average errors associated with central aortic systolic pressure (SP) and pulse pressure (PP) were 2.4 mm Hg and 2.0 mm Hg (amounting to 2.5% and 2.1% of the underlying mean BP). The proposed approach may contribute to the improved monitoring of cardiovascular (CV) health by enabling estimation of central aortic BP waveform from conveniently measurable diametric circulatory signals.

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