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Scientists Develop a “Smart” Sensor for Ultra-Fast Detection of Signs of Cardiac Arrest

Source: TASS

Researchers at the Competence Center of the National Technological Initiative (NTI) at the MIET National Research University have created a heart rate sensor that can process a signal in just two seconds and detect ventricular tachycardia in time that precedes a sudden cardiac arrest. This was reported to TASS on Wednesday by the press service of Russian Venture Company.

Ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia often precedes sudden cardiac arrest in patients in the intensive care units of hospitals or those at risk for chronic heart disease. The rate of determination of fibrillation plays a crucial role in life saving. ECG monitors used in hospitalscan detect signs of cardiac arrest for up to 15 seconds. The sensor with a microprocessor for signal processing, created by scientists of the NTI Competence Center on the basis of MIET, makes it possible to detect fibrillation in a patient in just two seconds and instantly notify the clinic staff wirelessly.

“The diagnostic system for the emergency warning of sudden cardiac arrest created by the researchers consists of an ECG recording sensor and a digital signal processing microprocessor. This sensor, using a set of fast algorithms, provides the ability to detect atrial fibrillation in two seconds. None of the ECG monitors used in hospitals can do this so quickly. The development proposed by scientists will allow replacing expensive and bulky equipment in the future with small devices that can send information to the dispatcher’s console in real time via radio channels,” RVC press service told TASS.

The use of such sensors should reduce mortality in intensive care units due to the fact that doctors will be able to respond to changes in the patient's condition as quickly as possible, the authors believe. People at risk of sudden cardiac arrest can also get additional protection, according to the authors of the device — a sensor with the function of a portable electrocardiograph can be integrated not only in bedside monitors and clinical defibrillators, but also in a hardware module worn by patients at risk.

“Scientists have already created a pre-production sample device. The estimated cost of such sensors will not exceed 10 thousand roubles,” added RVC's representatives.

The NTI Competence Center Sensorika, established on the basis of the MIET National Research University, is one of the 14 centers of competence of the National Technological Initiative. Each of them brings together universities, research centers and innovative enterprises to create end-to-end technologies that will be in demand in new global markets in 15–20 years. The operator of the project to create the NTI Competence Centers is the Russian Venture Company.

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