Wearable Device Heartsense Monitors Heartbeat Rate Using Electrocardiogram


British scientists developed efficient Heartsense monitor for monitoring abnormal heart rate in patients at risk of developing cardiovascular disorders

Recent study conducted by British scientists developed cost-efficient, comfortable, and highly efficient alternative in the form of the Heartsense monitor. Conventionally heart rate of an individual is examined by Holter monitor, which requires attachment of several wired leads to the wearer’s chest. Furthermore, the procedures take several weeks to analyze all of the data gathered by such a device.

The data collected by device is wirelessly transmitted to a cloud-based server, where Artificial Intelligence-based algorithms detects irregular and/or dangerous heart rhythms, along with possible respiratory problems. Results recorded by the device are displayed and recorded on a smartphone app in real time for perusal by the patient’s doctor. Not to be confused with the fetal heartbeat monitor of the same name, the Cambridge University-designed Heartsense is strapped to the patient’s chest just like a sports-oriented heart rate sensor. There, the waterproof device monitors their heart rhythm via a 3-point electrocardiogram (ECG), plus it also measures their body core temperature and blood oxygen saturation.

Novel Heartsense is very sensitive to the heart parameters. Lab test conducted for examining the efficacy of the device reported that results were around 95 percent accurate as compared to a non-portable clinic-based ECG. Heartsense was invented by Cambridge’s Prof. Roberto Cipolla and cardiologist Dr. Rameen Shakur. It is now being commercialized by spinoff company Cambridge Heartwear, and should be priced less than a Holter monitor.


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