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10 April, 2019 - 15:08 By Kate Sweeney

Cambridge heart monitor wins international accolade

Cambridge Heartwear

Heartsense, a wearable ECG monitor being developed by Cambridge Heartwear, has received an honourable mention in Fast Company’s 2019 World Changing Ideas Awards.

 Heartsense is a low-cost next-generation wearable heart and cardiovascular function monitor which uses AI to diagnose heart rhythm and respiratory problems in real time.

Cambridge Heartwear hopes to use its wireless monitor to improve detection of irregular and dangerous heart rhythms and reduce the impact of stroke and stroke-related mortality and morbidity, which affects 120,000 people in the UK each year.

The invention arises from a family bereavement. Professor Roberto Cipolla, from Cambridge University’s Department of Engineering, met cardiologist and clinical academic Dr Rameen Shakur in 2015, a year after Roberto’s father had died of a stroke. Their ongoing research collaboration led to the formation of Cambridge Heartwear.

Dr Shakur said the accolade provided “even more motivation to achieve our goals and transform the healthcare industry.”

The company aims to make Heartsense available to healthcare providers before the end of 2019.

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