Necklace with a hidden ECG sensor quickly and easily check heart rate

Abnormal heart beat, also called atrial fibrillation, considered to be one of the main causes of strokes. Often it has no symptoms, so goes unnoticed. New experimental ECG necklace is designed to make the diagnostic process quick and hassle free. Created by a team from the University of Eastern Finland, it is designed for people at risk of atrial fibrillation. Is a chain with a pendant that has a hidden ECG sensor.

To check the pulse rate, it is sufficient to run the app on your smartphone and hold the hanger between your hands or press his palm to his chest. The measurement the sensor will need 25 seconds. Through the app information about the heart rhythm goes to the cloud server, where his analysis of the involved algorithms based on artificial intelligence. If a fixed atrial fibrillation, within seconds, the patient and his doctor get a notification.

Technology tested 140 adult volunteers. They measured their heart rate necklace and held parallel to the traditional test of a three wire electrocardiograph. When it came to the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation, both methods showed a high reliability – although a definite plus test using the necklace is that you can spend it in any place and at any time.

The findings of the team will be presented at the scientific platform of the ESC EHRA Essentials 4 You.

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