Beat2Phone doesn’t miss a heartbeat
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a thumb-sized device for preventing cerebral infarctions at an early stage.
The VTT mobile device Beat2Phone detects irregular heartbeat, which tends to remain undiagnosed if symptoms are not detected during conventional monitoring of heart activity. The Android-compatible system measures electrocardiography (ECG) signals at a very high sampling rate, identifying individual heartbeats and counting the interval between consecutive beats.
“With the mobile device developed by VTT, users can register their ECG signal whenever arrhythmia or other heart symptoms occur,” says Timo Varpula, principal scientist at VTT. “The device is also suitable for pre- and post-surgery monitoring of heart patients at home. There is no need to visit a hospital, because the data is sent automatically from a mobile phone to medical staff via a cloud service.”
So far, Beat2Phone has been tested for around two years in real-life conditions in co-operation with Turku University Central Hospital.
The tests have helped detect atrial fibrillation, arrhythmia and cardiac conduction disorder. People suffering from harmless irregular heartbeat have also reported improved quality of life due to the measuring device alleviating their uncertainty about their personal condition.