Cardiomobile, a mini ECG assists heart attack rehab patients on the move

Cardiomobile mini ECG A little gadget is here for heart attack rehab patients to make tracking their heart health a lot easier. The device known as ‘Cardiomobile’, a heart monitoring system acts as a mini ECG that can be carried anywhere anytime!

Conceptualised by scientists at Queensland University of Technology’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, the mini ECG is a unique device that is developed by Alive Technologies a Gold Coast company.

“The program allows people who have been in hospital for a heart attack or heart surgery to undergo a six-week walking exercise rehabilitation program wherever it’s convenient, while having their heart signal, location and speed monitored in real time,” Dr Worringham of QUT said.

“We are trying this approach because 80 per cent of cardiac patients never complete recommended hospital outpatient rehabilitation programs, despite the fact that they cut recurrent heart attacks by 17percent, substantially reduce deaths, prevent re-hospitalisation, and improve both function and quality of life.”

The reason why the 80 percent of patients are unable to complete a rehabilitation programme is not because they don’t want to be in it voluntarily but they either are unable to get such programmes easily as they or not nearby or the patients get stuck up with some other priorities like family commitments; explains Dr. Worringham.

The first one to test the new Cardiomobile was country singer and songwriter Alan McPherson.

All that a patient needs to do is attach the mini ECG monitor to their chest and wear a cap having a lightwieght GPS receiver attached to it. Both these, the ECG and the GPS receiver, are then supposed to be connected to a mobile phone via Bluetooth.

“Patients phone in at the start of their scheduled session and then their heart signal, location, speed and gradient are monitored in real-time over the web by a qualified exercise scientist, who guides the patient’s program and checks their progress,” Dr Worringham said.

“If there is any problem with the heart signal we can immediately contact the patient, and consult with the cardiologist if needed. Although serious problems in cardiac rehab are very rare, if there is an emergency we can direct the paramedics to the exact location without delay. While this approach is different from a hospital-based program, we are talking about a group of patients who either wouldn’t exercise at all or would have to go it alone – something many lack the confidence for after heart attacks and surgery.”

According to Dr Worringham is Cardiomobile proves to be successful, it will not only help people recover without undergoing the conventional rehabilitation process and cut down the number hospital visits and re-admissions.