Wireless Arm Wearable Sensor Band For Long-Term Heart Rhythms Surveillance Using A Bipolar Arm-ECG Lead

OJ Escalona, Angel Villegas, Sephorah Mukhtar, Gilberto Perpiñan, David McEneaney

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Bipolar ECG leads captured from sensors placed in a comfortable wearable-band on the left upper-arm, can provide ECG signals of sufficient quality after signal-enhancement processing, for reliable heart rhythm analysis in long-term ECG-monitoring and enabling clinical arrhythmias assessment. This study presents an inhouse built cable-free, wearable sensor system (WAMECG1) for a bipolar arm-ECG lead capture and wireless data transmission over a Wi-Fi link. The system’s functional blocks were integrated into a comfortable, ergonomically designed arm-band ECG wearable device.
A retrospective pilot analysis on the WASTCArD arm-ECG mapping database from our previous work, was carried out to find the optimal axis rotation of the bipolar arm-Lead electrodes pair, with respect to the body frontal plane and the arm axilla point; this was found to be at -60o axis rotation. Then, signal quality of the recorded far-field bipolar arm-ECG was validated in a pilot trial with 10 volunteer subjects at rest, using the prototype device. The overall R-peak detection accuracy was 99.67%. Without using any signal enhancement algorithm, the average signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) values was 16.73. Therefore, the performance assessment results assured the performance of the wearable arm-band prototype device.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 Computing in Cardiology Proceedings
PublisherComputing in Cardiology
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)2325-887X
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 15 Dec 2020
EventComputing in Cardiology 2020 - Rimini Palacongressi, Rimini, Italy
Duration: 13 Sept 202016 Sept 2020


ConferenceComputing in Cardiology 2020
Abbreviated titleCINC 2020
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  • wireless arm wearable sensor
  • ECG monitoring armband
  • bipolar arm-ECG leads
  • heart rhythm monitoring
  • arm-ECG R peak detection performance


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