The goal of this project is to design and create a small, portable, and inexpensive ECG device that is capable of transmitting the processed signal of the heart’s rhythm to a person’s smartphone. The device will also detect if there is any irregularity with the rhythm that is related to atrial fibrillation and will then notify the user on their phone using an Android application. The main idea is that this device could be used in more remote locations where people have easy access to a smartphone, but not necessarily a doctor. This way, the user will know if they should indeed take the time or make the trip to see one.
Atrial Fibrillation is the most common type or abnormal heart rhythm. This condition occurs when rapid electrical signals cause the hearts upper chambers to contract fast and irregularly. People with atrial fibrillation may not feel any symptoms of the condition but it can lead to an increased risk for heart attack or stroke.