Monitor atrial fibrillation with a smart bracelet!

Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is the most prevalent cardiac rhythm problem (arrhythmia), affecting 33 million people globally. It is predicted that in the ensuing decades. Moreover, the prevalence of this ailment will only double due to a rapidly ageing population.

Atrial fibrillation can potentially result in major consequences, like stroke. Therefore, it’s critical to recognize and treat it early. The illness typically begins with self-ending “paroxysmal episodes,” which can be managed without medication if caught in time.

Smart bracelet to monitor heart rhythm 

These events may differ for each patient. Some people may experience brief episodes that recur occasionally, while others may experience longer, more regular episodes. If left untreated, Afib eventually becomes a persistent condition with more difficult treatment options.

KTU BMEI researchers have developed global new technological solutions in Afib monitoring technology development for over a decade.

Vaidotas Marozas, the Director of KTU Biomedical Engineering Institute (BEI), Said

We are focusing on developing technologies, which are needed for the public and contemporary medicine. For example, due to the prevalence of this condition, every person older than 65 should be checked for atrial fibrillation. Non-invasive, compact wearable devices are an attractive solution for monitoring the health status of such high-risk groups,

Researchers at KTU created a smart bracelet with an algorithm that could recognize Afib a few years ago. The TriggersAF project has made use of this wristband in conjunction with other gadgets.

Atrial Fibrillation and Insomnia Link

The project’s goal is to create and evaluate techniques that enable patients to pinpoint the specific causes of their arrhythmias. According to scientific literature, certain modifiable factors, like alcohol use, increased physical activity, stress, and sleep problems, might cause atrial fibrillation episodes in certain patients. One way to decide on nonpharmaceutical intervention approaches for arrhythmia control is to identify and prevent individual causes.

He claims that the patient data points to a connection between sleep disturbances and the beginning of arrhythmia. Interestingly, there is an association between snoring during sleep and the beginning of atrial fibrillation in the morning or later in the day, even in patients who weren’t diagnosed with sleep apnea.


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