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Enabling Heart Self-Monitoring for All and for AAL—Portable Device within a Complete Telemedicine System

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CETEM-Technologic Centre of Furniture and Wood of Region de Murcia, 30510 Yecla, Spain
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Departament of Internal Medicine, Murcia University, 30001 Murcia, Spain
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Arrhythmia Unit, University Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca, 30120 El Palmar, Spain
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Murcian Institute of Biosanitary Research Virgen de la Arrixaca, 30120 El Palmar, Spain
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Departament of Communication Engineering, Miguel Hernández University, 03202 Elche, Spain
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Department of Signal Theory and Communications and Telematic Systemss and Computation, Rey Juan Carlos University, 28943 Fuenlabrada, Spain
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Center for Computational Simulation, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28223 Pozuelo de Alarcón, Spain
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RGB Medical Devices, 28037 Madrid, Spain
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Sensors 2019, 19(18), 3969; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19183969
Received: 8 August 2019 / Revised: 3 September 2019 / Accepted: 11 September 2019 / Published: 14 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in ECG Monitoring)
During the last decades there has been a rapidly growing elderly population and the number of patients with chronic heart-related diseases has exploded. Many of them (such as those with congestive heart failure or some types of arrhythmias) require close medical supervision, thus imposing a big burden on healthcare costs in most western economies. Specifically, continuous or frequent Arterial Blood Pressure (ABP) and electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring are important tools in the follow-up of many of these patients. In this work, we present a novel remote non-ambulatory and clinically validated heart self-monitoring system, which allows ABP and ECG monitoring to effectively identify clinically relevant arrhythmias. The system integrates digital transmission of the ECG and tensiometer measurements, within a patient-comfortable support, easy to recharge and with a multi-function software, all of them aiming to adapt for elderly people. The main novelty is that both physiological variables (ABP and ECG) are simultaneously measured in an ambulatory environment, which to our best knowledge is not readily available in the clinical market. Different processing techniques were implemented to analyze the heart rhythm, including pause detection, rhythm alterations and atrial fibrillation, hence allowing early detection of these diseases. Our results achieved clinical quality both for in-lab hardware testing and for ambulatory scenario validations. The proposed active assisted living (AAL) Sensor-based system is an end-to-end multidisciplinary system, fully connected to a platform and tested by the clinical team from beginning to end. View Full-Text
Keywords: ECG; arterial blood pressure; sensors; e-health; portability; atrial fibrillation detector; QRS detector ECG; arterial blood pressure; sensors; e-health; portability; atrial fibrillation detector; QRS detector
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Bleda, A.-L.; Melgarejo-Meseguer, F.-M.; Gimeno-Blanes, F.-J.; García-Alberola, A.; Rojo-Álvarez, J.L.; Corral, J.; Ruiz, R.; Maestre-Ferriz, R. Enabling Heart Self-Monitoring for All and for AAL—Portable Device within a Complete Telemedicine System. Sensors 2019, 19, 3969. https://doi.org/10.3390/s19183969

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Bleda A-L, Melgarejo-Meseguer F-M, Gimeno-Blanes F-J, García-Alberola A, Rojo-Álvarez JL, Corral J, Ruiz R, Maestre-Ferriz R. Enabling Heart Self-Monitoring for All and for AAL—Portable Device within a Complete Telemedicine System. Sensors. 2019; 19(18):3969. https://doi.org/10.3390/s19183969

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Bleda, Andrés-Lorenzo; Melgarejo-Meseguer, Francisco-Manuel; Gimeno-Blanes, Francisco-Javier; García-Alberola, Arcadi; Rojo-Álvarez, José L.; Corral, Javier; Ruiz, Ricardo; Maestre-Ferriz, Rafael. 2019. "Enabling Heart Self-Monitoring for All and for AAL—Portable Device within a Complete Telemedicine System" Sensors 19, no. 18: 3969. https://doi.org/10.3390/s19183969

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