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Authors: Ricardo Simoes 1 ; Joana Sousa 2 ; Cristina Nogueira-Silva 3 and Hugo Gamboa 4

Affiliations: 1 University of Minho and Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Portugal ; 2 PLUX - Wireless Biosignals and S.A., Portugal ; 3 University of Minho, ICVS/3B’s - PT Government Associate Laboratory and Hospital de Braga, Portugal ; 4 Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

ISBN: 978-989-8425-93-5

Keyword(s): ECG, Electrocardiogram, Assisted ambient living, Electrode positioning

Abstract: Although the 12-lead electrocardiogram has become an essential medical and research tool, many current and envisaged applications would benefit from simpler devices, using 3-lead ECG configuration. This is particularly true for Ambient Assisted Living (in a broad perspective). However, the chest anatomy of female patients, namely during pregnancy, can hamper the adequate placement of a 3-lead ECG device and, very often, electrodes are placed below the chest rather than at the precise thoracic landmarks. Thus, the aim of this study was to compare the effect of electrode positioning on the ECG signal of pregnant women and provide guidelines for device development. The effect of breast tissue on the ECG signal was investigated by relating breast size with the signal-to-noise ratio, root mean square and R-wave amplitude. Results show that the 3-lead ECG should be placed on the breast rather than under the breast and indicate positive correlation between breast size and signal-to-noise rat io. (More)

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Simoes, R.; Sousa, J.; Nogueira-Silva, C. and Gamboa, H. (2012). Optimizing Electrode Positioning in 3-lead ECG Chest Devices.In Proceedings of the 2nd International Living Usability Lab Workshop on AAL Latest Solutions, Trends and Applications - Volume 1: AAL, (BIOSTEC 2012) ISBN 978-989-8425-93-5, pages 81-88. DOI: 10.5220/0003885800810088

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author={Ricardo Simoes. and Joana Sousa. and Cristina Nogueira{-}Silva. and Hugo Gamboa.},
title={Optimizing Electrode Positioning in 3-lead ECG Chest Devices},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 2nd International Living Usability Lab Workshop on AAL Latest Solutions, Trends and Applications - Volume 1: AAL, (BIOSTEC 2012)},
year={2012},
pages={81-88},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0003885800810088},
isbn={978-989-8425-93-5},
}

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 2nd International Living Usability Lab Workshop on AAL Latest Solutions, Trends and Applications - Volume 1: AAL, (BIOSTEC 2012)
TI - Optimizing Electrode Positioning in 3-lead ECG Chest Devices
SN - 978-989-8425-93-5
AU - Simoes, R.
AU - Sousa, J.
AU - Nogueira-Silva, C.
AU - Gamboa, H.
PY - 2012
SP - 81
EP - 88
DO - 10.5220/0003885800810088

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