CES 2019: This Smart Vest Aims to Predict Your Heart-Attack Before it Happens

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Image: Chronolife

A heart-attack happens suddenly and without any warning. If you have a heart condition, being able to predict a heart attack could save your life.

Chronolife, a cotton-and lycra-based vest, designed to prevent medical emergencies in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), debuted at the CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

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CHF is a chronic condition that affects the pumping power of your heart muscles. CHF is the stage in which the heart’s pumping power decreases due to fluid buildup around the heart.

CDC estimates around 5.7 million adults in the United States have Congestive Heart Failure. About half of people who develop heart failure die within 5 years of diagnosis. CHF costs the nation an estimated $30.7 billion each year, which involves medications, caring and treatment. People with high blood pressure or diabetes are at a greater risk of developing CHF. Chronolife wants to improve the quality of life of people with Congestive Heart Failure by predict and prevent a heart attack.

Made by a French startup with the same name, the vest claims to measure six key physiological stats in real time, and combines these with machine learning to predict the likelihood of an oncoming heart attack, reports Cnet.

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Image: Creative commons

The smart vest is meant to be worn daily. Sensors embedded in the vest keep tabs on your breathing, electrical activity of your heart, body temperature and overall physical activity, including falling. The user, as well as the healthcare providers can access this data via an app. It doesn’t require internet connection and the data is saved in a secure cloud service. The vest is also machine washable.

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The Chronolife vest isn’t available to buy just yet, and is currently waiting for regulatory approval. When available to buy, the vest is expected to retail around $228.

Wearable Technologies AG CEO Christian Stammel will also be at the CES 2019. He will moderate the session “Putting Wearables To Work” at the Wearable Tech Summit, a CES 2019 Conference track, on January 9th, 2019. Our 33rd edition of the WT Conference will be bigger than ever with more than 1.500 m2 floor space and over 80.000 visitors from WT and ISPO integrated into the brand-new innovation hall C6 of the Munich Tradeshow. More than 60 high-level speakers coming from Bayer, BMW, Casio, Gore, Microsoft, and STMicroelectronics will give you latest insights in their applications and digitalization strategies via IoT and WT solutions and drive your business development. In the afternoon of the first day, you will get also the chance to be connected to 30 future stars of our ecosystem via our annual IOT/WT INNOVATION WORLD CUP® pitch and award ceremony.

Register here https://www.wearable-technologies.eu/ with 20% discount by using the code WT20

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