What clinicians care about

  1. Average over time period: heart rate is extremely variable, that the average is more helpful to clinicians than trying to identify each peak and valley
  2. Highest and lowest value over a time period : it is secondarily helpful to see the patient's high and low over a given time period.

Graphing considerations

  • Think about placing more emphasis on the average than on exploration of each peak and valley on the graph.
  • A 'goal' will likely not be relevant for heart rate
  • Use colors and weights to help indicate where there is and is not data on the graph

Graph example (scroll to zoom)

Below is an interactive graph that illustrates a few of the principles outlined above.

Source Code

To experiment with the code that rendered this graph, check out this JSFiddle