Mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring is an emerging area that has received increasing attention in recent years, but still real-life validation for elderly residing in low and middle-income countries is scarce. We developed a wearable ECG monitor that is integrated with a self-designed wireless sensor for ECG signal acquisition. It is used with a native purposely designed smartphone application, based on machine learning techniques, for automated classification of captured ECG beats from aged people. When tested on 100 older adults, the monitoring system discriminated normal and abnormal ECG signals with a high degree of accuracy (97%), sensitivity (100%), and specificity (96.6%). With further verification, the system could be useful for detecting cardiac abnormalities in the home environment and contribute to prevention, early diagnosis, and effective treatment of cardiovascular diseases, while keeping costs down and increasing access to healthcare services for older persons.
Mena, L. J., Félix, V. G., Ochoa, A., Ostos, R., González, E., Aspuru, J., Velarde, P., & Maestre, G. E. (2018). Mobile Personal Health Monitoring for Automated Classification of Electrocardiogram Signals in Elderly. Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, 2018, e9128054. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/9128054
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Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine