SMS warning for heart attack victims

18/07/2007

Experts at an Indian university have developed a Bluetooth heart monitor capable of sending a text message to patients' hospitals if they are about to suffer a heart attack.

The Wearable Cardiac Telemedicine System, created by Thulasi Bai and S K Srivatsa of Sathyabama University in Tamil Nadu, measures and analyses electrical heart signals to produce an electrocardiogram (ECG).

This is then transmitted to the relevant hospital, while a text message is also sent by mobile phone, according to an article published in Inderscience's International Journal of Electronic Healthcare.

'Our Wearable Cardiac Telemedicine System can help the mobility of patients, so they can regain their independence and return to an active social life or work schedule, thereby improving their psychological wellbeing and quality of life,' Ms Bai commented.

According to the Department of Health, there were almost 1.2 million cases of someone being admitted to a UK hospital for diseases of the circulatory system in 2004-05.ADNFCR-8000120-ID-18215690-ADNFCR