VTT has developed a device that allows
consumers to take an electrocardiogram (ECG) in the comfort of their own homes.
The pocket-size device communicates with a smartphone. The device allows patients suffering from e.g.
arrhythmias to begin recording their ECG as soon as symptoms appear. The device
can also be used in home nursing.
The device has a global market, and the
number of potential users continues to grow with population ageing.
Approximately five per cent of the world’s population suffer from arrhythmias
or irregular heartbeat. Irregular heartbeat often develops with age: 12 per
cent of people over the age of 60 suffer from the condition. The number of
people interested in endurance sports is also rising. Conditions associated
with overtraining, such as carditis, palpitations and irregular heartbeat, can
be prevented with the help of this effective personal heart rate monitoring
The device provides medical quality ECG
signal, it is easy-to-use and safe, it detects motion, posture and location for
automatic diary keeping, it allows long-term monitoring and followup, and
cloud-based full data access to the users and medical experts.
Potential customers are elderly people,
people with cardiac symptoms, and health, home and elderly care providers. The
system is suited for telemedicine.
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