Technologies for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases
Cardiovascular diseases, f.e. heart attacks, are globally the most common cause of death. Daily exercise – to the right extent - is a significant component for a lifestyle that promotes a healthy heart. With daily workout one is able to reduce the risk of getting a heart disease or even reduce the risk of a relapse. In several projects, OFFIS examines how technology may individually serve to carry out physical activity in a healthy and motivating manner.
For a healthy person, half an hour a day of continuous exercise is sufficient to lower the risk of a cardiovascoular disease. However, keeping track on how much activity was actually performed is a challenge.
The project HeartAware uses commercially available sensors to measure parameters, such as everyday activity, workout, and sleep in order to evaluate their positive impact on heart health. The main focus is on unobtrusiveness and everyday use of the devices. Besides sensors like pedometers and sports watches, alternative data origins like social networks are also included. The resulting information can be applied to other uses, f. e. for saving personal health files or even for giving recommendations for a healthier lifestyle.
After an acute illness, regular exercising is a central element in cardiological rehab; over a period of a year, a patient is recommended several training units per week while medical supervision makes sure the medical workout corresponds with the patient´s condition.
The successfully concluded project OSAmI has developed a telemedical training system which allows medical rehab in your own domestic sphere. Centerpiece is a stationary bike which is equipped with ECG and a blood pressure gauge. Using the gathered information, the system adjusts the personal, medical workout to the daily condition. Furthermore, the data gathered throughout the workout is transferred to the releasing hospital so that specialists there are involved in the workout. The system is based on an OSAmI platform, which implements AAL basic services such as interoperability, maintainability and reliability as well as automated configuration and management of medical devices and services.
Hiking is a popular leisure activity for old and young. It strengthens the cardiovascular system and is used as a preventive and rehabilitation treatment. Cardiac patients also welcome hiking as an alternative to the stationary training, e.g., on a stationary bike. Nevertheless, cardiac patients may feel insecure without medical supervision and are afraid they do too much.
That is why this project´s aim is to develop a special hiking guide that provides medical assistance as well as regular tourist information. Moreover, the system monitors the medical condition and the current physical exertion of the traveler. That way a workout can be enjoyed, even for cardiac patients. The hiking guide leads them to their destination on predefined routes which are levelled according to the physical condition of the user.
In the scope of the InterReg IVa „HealthNavigator“, OFFIS works with Schüchtermann-Schiller‘sche Kliniken, GewiNet Competence Centre for Health Economy and the Dutch Institut Roessingh Research and Development.
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