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HEARTWEAR — Result In Brief

Project ID: 314889
Funded under: FP7-SME
Country: Norway

A wearable ECG device

European scientists developed an innovative device for 24-hour heart monitoring that patients at risk of heart disease can wear every day.
A wearable ECG device
According to the World Health Organisation, ischaemic heart disease (IHD) constitutes one of the primary causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The major challenge with heart ischaemia is that the majority of the episodes that can be detected with electrocardiogram (ECG) are clinically silent and patients do not report any discomfort.

In Europe, patients at risk of IHD undertake a stress test, which has a long waiting list and requires expert medical assistance. Critical patients are hospitalised and monitored over a few days through an equally costly process.

As an alternative method of long-term heart monitoring, the EU-funded HEARTWEAR (Wearable wireless kit for detection and monitoring of ischemic conditions) initiative proposed the development of a wearable device that can provide information on patient heart function during daily activities. This innovative product was designed to be wireless to monitor patient positional information and provide information of breathing activity and tissue oxygenation.

The successfully generated device prototype consisted of a sensor unit for recording patient signals and a main unit for storing data. To support the communication between the two units, and facilitate data processing and transmission, the device was accompanied by specialised software. During clinical testing, the device was successfully used to record ECG during exercise in healthy volunteers.

The HEARTWEAR device is expected to improve the outcome of patients at risk of developing IHD by facilitating early diagnosis. It will also prove useful in patients with genetic predisposition to IHC, smokers, hypertension, high cholesterol, or other risk factors associated with IHC. Prompt diagnosis of ischaemia is expected to help initiate medical treatment early enough to prevent myocardial infarction.

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ECG, ischaemic heart disease, device, wireless
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