Miniaturized wireless ECG-monitor for real-time detection of epileptic seizures

F. Massé, J. Penders, A.A.M. Serteyn, M.J.P. Bussel, van, J.B.A.M. Arends

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Recent advances in miniaturization of ultra-low power components allow for more intelligent wearable health monitors. Such systems may be used in a wide range of application areas. Here, the development and evaluation of a wireless wearable electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor to detect epileptic seizures from changes in the cardiac rhythm is described. The ECG is measured using an ultra-low-power circuit for bio-potential acquisition. The ECG data is continuously analyzed by embedded algorithms: a robust beat-detection algorithm combined with a real-time heart beat-based epileptic seizure detector. Each detected seizure candidate triggers its transmission to a receiving radio-station. At the same time, the detected events and the raw ECG data are stored on an embedded memory card from which they can be wirelessly downloaded for off-line analysis. The performance of the system in terms of power-consumption, robustness of the radio-link and comfort of use is reported. In its current implementation, the proposed ECG-monitor prototype has a size of 52x36x15mm3, and an autonomy of one day. Wireless, miniaturized and comfortable, this prototype opens new perspectives for continuous and ambulatory health monitoring.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceeding Wireless Health 2010 (WH '10), 5-7 October 2010, San Diego, USA
Place of PublicationNew-York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Print)978-1-60558-989-3
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Eventconference; Wireless Health 2010; 2010-10-05; 2010-10-07 -
Duration: 5 Oct 20107 Oct 2010


Conferenceconference; Wireless Health 2010; 2010-10-05; 2010-10-07
OtherWireless Health 2010


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