Wireless Body Area Network for Heart Attack Detection

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This article describes a body area network (BAN) for measuring an electrocardiogram (ECG) signal and transmitting it to a smartphone via Bluetooth for data analysis. The BAN uses a specially designed planar inverted F-antenna (PIFA) with a small form factor, realizable with low-fabricationcost techniques. Furthermore, due to the human body's electrical properties, the antenna was designed to enable surface-wave propagation around the body. The system utilizes the user's own smartphone for data processing, and the built-in communications can be used to raise an alarm if a heart attack is detected. This is managed by an application for Android smartphones that has been developed for this system. The good functionality of the system was confirmed in three real-life user case scenarios.


External organisations
  • Lund University
Research areas and keywords

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  • Medical Engineering


  • Electrocardiography, Body area networks, Antenna measurements, Electrodes, Bluetooth , Dielectrics, Transceivers, Biomedical signal processing
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-92
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct 13
Publication categoryResearch

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