What, if you can detect your irregular heartbeat at an early stage? It simply means you are playing at the safer side.
In a recent research, scientists have developed a new smartphone app and a thumb-size device which can detect irregular heartbeat and may help in preventing strokes at an early stage.
The mobile device has been developed at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. It has been tested with excellent results for around two years in real-life conditions in cooperation with Turku University Central Hospital.
An irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia tends to remain undiagnosed, if no symptoms are detected during monitoring of heart activity.
Arrhythmia is an abnormal rhythm of the heart. There are various types of arrhythmias. The heart can beat too slowly, too fast or irregularly.
- Bradycardia is when the heart rate is less than 60 beats per minute.
- Tachycardia is when the heart rate is more than 100 beats per minute.
An arrhythmia can affect how well the heart works. The heart may not be able to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.
“With the mobile device, users can register their ECG signal whenever arrhythmia or other heart symptoms occur. The device is also suitable for pre and post-surgery monitoring of heart patients at home,” said Timo Varpula, principal scientist at VTT.
Further adding he said, “There is no need for patients to visit a hospital, because the data is sent automatically from a mobile phone to medical staff via cloud service.”
It accurately measures user’s heart rate to detect irregular heartbeat and overburdening and prolonged stress.