Cardiovascular monitoring with goal of early detection and prevention
2014 – 2017
Public research networked with companies, Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation
Total budget: 560 000€

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD), which are a group of disorders of the heart and vessels, are the number one cause of death globally, causing at least 17 million deaths in 2008, representing 30% of all global deaths. Of these deaths, almost 80% are due to coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease leading to sudden heart attacks and brain strokes.

The HEARTACHE project aims at early detection and prevention of coronary artery disease and detection of acute cardiac events, such as heart attacks. The primary technological platform will be a standard smart phone or tablet computer (collectively referred to as ‘smart devices’). The project shall study new methods for gathering cardiovascular measurement data via smart devices, with or without auxiliary add-on sensing modules. A variety of different cardiovascular measurement techniques will be implemented and tested.

User-friendly and cost-effective devices and data gathering aim at: (a) improving the quality of life – e.g. via reducing stress due to user-perceived false positive symptoms; (b) predicting and preventing cardiovascular diseases via early-stage detection, and (c) rapidly determining the nature of an acute cardiac event, e.g. heart attack, with greater certainty. By developing easy-access add-ons for standard smart devices, the proposed research may serve the wider masses by avoiding premature deaths due to coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease.

The research team will have access to a unique set of multi-facet data, enabling research on state-of-the-art detection algorithms and monitoring devices for cardiovascular diseases. The feasibility and reliability of new measurement techniques will be validated and proven in clinical trials.

Press coverage

Entä jos sydänkohtauksen voisi nähdä älypuhelimella? (in Finnish), Luonnontieteilijä (December 14 2015)