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Ambient intelligence and pervasive systems for the monitoring of citizens at cardiac risk: New solutions from the EPI-MEDICS project

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In western countries, heart disease is the main cause of premature death. Most of cardiac deaths occur out of hospital. Symptoms are often interpreted incorrectly. Victims do not survive long enough to benefit from in-hospital treatments. To reduce the time before treatment, the only useful diagnostic tool to assess the presence of a cardiac event is the electrocardiogram (ECG). Event and transtelephonic ECG recorders are used to improve decision-making but require setting up new infrastructures. The Pervasive solution proposed by the European EPI-MEDICS project is an intelligent Personal ECG Monitor for the early detection of cardiac events. It includes decision-making techniques, generates different alarm levels and forwards alarm messages to the relevant care providers by means of new generation wireless communication. It is cost saving, involving care provider only if necessary without specific infrastructure. Healthcare becomes personalized, wearable, ubiquitous.

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Computers in Cardiology, 2002

Date of Conference:

22-25 Sept. 2002